Preface (B-GA-402-000/FP-001, Canadian Forces Aerospace Sense Doctrine)

This manual provides the doctrine of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) for Sense. While intended primarily for the operational level, it describes fundamentals applicable at all levels. This manual has been designed for use by the following:

  1. Canadian Forces (CF) schools and academies that train, indoctrinate, and develop personnel;
  2. CF aerospace units and headquarters (HQ); and
  3. other CF elements proposing to command or support CF aerospace forces.

This manual is presented in three chapters:

  1. Chapter 1 – Fundamentals of the Sense Function. Provides an overview of the Sense function and associated concepts and their roles in supporting a commander’s decision-making process.
  2. Chapter 2 – Sensing the Elements of the Operational Environment that the Commander Controls. Sense activities and focus cannot be limited to adversaries and the operating environment. Commanders must also sense the status of friendly forces, including other government departments (OGDs) and humanitarian organizations in order to have the knowledge required to develop, plan, and make effective decisions.
  3. Chapter 3 – Sensing the Elements of the Operational Environment that the Commander Does Not Control. Sensing adversaries and the operating environment requires clear priorities to support the planning and decision-making process in the delivery of aerospace effects. In prioritizing the information and knowledge requirements, a commander will ensure that aerospace intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) activities are synchronized and focused toward meeting operational needs and campaign objectives.

The manual is to be used in conjunction with:

  1. B-GA-400-000/FP-000, Canadian Forces Aerospace Doctrine;
  2. B-GA-401-000/FP-001, Canadian Forces Aerospace Command Doctrine;
  3. B-GA-402-001/FP-001, Royal Canadian Air Force Intelligence Doctrine (to be promulgated);
  4. B-GA-403-000/FP-001, Canadian Forces Aerospace Shape Doctrine (to be promulgated);
  5. B-GA-404-000/FP-001, Canadian Forces Aerospace Move Doctrine;
  6. B-GA-405-000/FP-001, Canadian Forces Aerospace Shield Doctrine;
  7. B-GA-406-000/FP-001, Canadian Forces Aerospace Sustain Doctrine; and
  8. B-GA-407-000/FP-001, Canadian Forces Aerospace Generate Doctrine (to be promulgated).

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

The Commander 2 Canadian Air Division (2 Cdn Air Div) is the ratification authority for this doctrine.

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