direct air support center


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direct air support center

The principal air control agency of the US Marine air command and control system responsible for the direction and control of air operations directly supporting the ground combat element. It processes and coordinates requests for immediate air support and coordinates air missions requiring integration with ground forces and other supporting arms. It normally collocates with the senior fire support coordination center within the ground combat element and is subordinate to the tactical air command center. Also called DASC. See also Marine air command and control system; tactical air operations center.
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The stacks of aircraft serving as fire-support weapons for soldiers and Marines in Iraq were controlled by two organizations: the air support operations center (ASOC), in the Army area of operations; and the direct air support center (DASC), in the Marine area of operations.
VMGR-152's secondary missions include rapid ground refueling of aircraft and motorized vehicles, aerial transport and delivery, airborne direct air support center, and battlefield illumination.
CAC2S will provide a common set of hardware and software that will replace the Marine Corps' current Tactical Air Command Center, Tactical Air Operations Center, Direct Air Support Center, Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, and Marine Air Traffic Control System functions.

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