Preface (B-GA-403-000/FP-001, Canadian Forces Aerospace Shape Doctrine)

This manual provides the operational-level doctrine for the Shape sub- function of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). While intended primarily for the operational level, it also describes fundamentals applicable at the strategic and tactical levels. This manual has been designed for use by the following personnel:

a. RCAF personnel engaged in control of the air, air attack, and information operations, including the planning and conduct of aerospace operations;

b. Canadian Forces (CF) schools and academies that train, indoctrinate, and develop personnel in aerospace operations and operational doctrine;

c. CF aerospace units and headquarters (HQ); andd. personnel of other CF components engaged in the study of aerospace operations or the planning and integration of aerospace power into joint operations.

This manual is presented in five chapters:

a. Chapter 1 – Shape Fundamentals. Provides the rationale for aerospace Shape capabilities and situates the Shape sub-function within the aerospace functional model.

b. Chapter 2 – Control of the Air. Details the force application component of Shape as it relates to the control of the air and space.

c. Chapter 3 – Air Attack. Details the force application component of Shape as it applies to counter-sea operations, counter-land operations, special air operations, and strategic attack.

d. Chapter 4 – Aerospace Information Operations. Introduces information operations (info ops) concepts and details potential aerospace contributions to, and missions within, the info  ops campaign.

e. Chapter 5 – Command and Control. Provides an overview of the aspects of aerospace command and control (C2) that apply specifically to the Shape sub-function.

The manual is to be used in conjunction with the family of RCAF aerospace doctrine publications, in particular with:

a. B-GA-400-000/FP-000, Canadian Forces Aerospace Doctrine;

b. B-GA-401-000/FP-001, Canadian Forces Aerospace Command Doctrine;

c. B-GA-402-000/FP-001, Canadian Forces Aerospace Sense Doctrine;

d. B-GA-403-002/FP-001, Aerospace Electronic Warfare Doctrine;

e. B-GA-404-000/FP-001, Canadian Forces Aerospace Move Doctrine;

f. B-GA-405-000/FP-001, Canadian Forces Aerospace Shield Doctrine; and

g. B-GA-405-001/FP-001, Aerospace Force Protection.

Recommendations for amendments to this publication are welcome and should be forwarded to the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre (CFAWC), attention: Branch Head, Doctrine Development.

The Commander 1 Canadian Air Division (1 Cdn Air Div) is the ratification authority for this doctrine.