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Performing as ADA LNO

Describe the duties of an ADA liaison officer

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PERFORMING AS ADA LNO

LIAISON

Make contact to ensure mutual understanding, unity of purpose, and action

Facilitates communication, preserves freedom of action, and maintains flexibility

Augments the commander's ability to synchronize and focus combat power

Ensures cooperation, understanding, coordination, mutual purpose, support and synchronization

STAFF COORDINATION

Promote cooperation

Do not interfere

Use commo IAW receiving unit's procedures

Be proactive

Articulate sending units commander's intent

Stay informed

Expeditiously inform sending unit

Send SOP to sending unit

Keep records

Resolve issues

Report future operation

ADA LIAISON OFFICER

Transmits critical information while bypassing layers of staff

Key to liaison - competence, trustworthy, and informed

Full confidence of commander

Understand commander's vision, mission, and concept of operations

Posses tact

Professional/personal capabilities and character encourage confidence and cooperation

POTENTIAL ADA LNO
POSITIONS

EAC: Senior ADA organization in theater provides LNOs to the LCC, BCE, AADC, and potentially the AOC.

Corps ADA brigades: Provide LNOs to the CRC, all CPs of the Corps headquarters, and selected MSCs.

POTENTIAL ADA LNO
POSITIONS (CONT.)

ADA Battalion Commanders: Provide LNOs to the supported force or the force that owns the terrain in which they are operating. Dedicated LNOs are provided to the division, BCTs, and (potentially the TFs).

ADA LNOs perform duties as the ADCOORD, ADA Commanders, or the ADA staff officer.

RESPONSIBILITIES
OF THE LNO

Advising the commander and staff on employment of ADA units.

Recommending to the G3 the ADA allocation to subordinate units and their command relationships.

Preparing the ADA portion of plans and orders.

Preparing the ADA portion of the command SOP.

RESPONSIBILITIES
OF THE LNO (CONT.)

Coordinating with the G2 on the integration of ADA systems into the R & S plan.

Preparing and supervising the ADA portion of the command's training plan.

Ensuring coordination of all ADA operations with higher and flank units.

Identifying collateral coverage and assisting in ADA unit's movement through the AO.

RESPONSIBILITIES
OF THE LNO (CONT.)

Planning and coordinating the use of airspace in conjunction with the aviation officer, FSCOORD, G2, and ALO.

Assisting the G2, ALO, and aviation officer in analyzing enemy ADA capabilities, possible locations, and in determining measures to counter enemy air defenses.

Monitoring the readiness status of ADA units and advising the commander and appropriate staff elements on associated maintenance problems.

RESPONSIBILITIES
OF THE LNO (CONT.)

Planning and supervising EW operations and assisting in the preparation of the EW annex to the OPORD.

Participating in the development or review of joint air defense rules of engagement.

ADA ESTIMATE

Develop and brief an Air Defense estimate.

Develop an Air Defense annex.

Brief the Air Defense scheme of maneuver.

Ensure the plan includes future operations, on-order missions, etc.

ADW / WCS CHANGES

Ensure the supported unit is kept informed of all changes in ADW / WCS.

Ensure the ADW / WCS has been disseminated to the lowest level (not just ADA level, but throughout the supported unit).

THE LNO IN THE IPB PROCESS

Develop and continue to refine the aerial portion of the IPB.

Recommend PIRs to the G2/S2.

Establish enemy forward air control vehicles as HVTs.

Assist the G2/S2, ALO, and aviation officer in analyzing enemy ADA capabilities, possible locations, and in determining measures to counter enemy air defenses.

Disseminate information both to higher and lower echelons.

EARLY WARNING PLAN

Ensure the sensor management plan includes the following:

Force protection to aid in the survivability of the sensors.

Continuous and redundant early warning.

A supportable and deconflicted scheme of maneuver to ensure coverage.

A supportable EMCON plan.

DEVELOP A2C2 PLAN

ADCOORD/LNO must be involved in the A2C2 planning.

Resolve air management issues with the G2, the aviation LNO, FSCOORD, and the ALO.

Ensure the ADA unit has all A2C2 information that affects the supported unit's AO:

Air corridors.

Engagement zones.

DEVELOP A2C2 PLAN

Verify that IFF has been coordinated.

Ensure that the ADA unit knows the Time-On-Target for all the preplanned CAS.

Ensure the ADA unit receives and tracks the current ACO/ATO.

TERRAIN MANAGEMENT
ISSUES

Develop a scheme of maneuver for air defense assets that is synchronized with the maneuver forces that own the terrain and which provides adequate force protection.

Identify and deconflict the units' locations with Corps, division and below users. All LOS weapon systems and radars seek the high ground.

LOGISTICAL COORDINATION

Know what Admin/Log requirements were prearranged between staffs of the parent and supported units.

Ensure class I, III, IV, and V resupply is coordinated.

Ensure the ADA unit keeps the G4/S4 informed of status of equipment and levels of supply.

Verify that the G4/S4 responds to the ADA unit's requests.

ENGINEER SUPPORT PLAN

Know the priority that the ADA receives for the survivability effort.

Provide ADA coverage for the engineers during survivability preparation.

Ensure the ADA CP has a current copy of the engineer obstacle overlay.

If ADA units move through clear lanes, ensure the movement was coordinated through appropriate channels.

NBC COORDINATION

Ensure the ADA unit understands the decontamination plan.

Ensure the ADA unit is informed of all contaminated areas.

Ensure units receive all chemical downwind messages.

CONCLUSION

The ADA Liaison Officer is the key to synchronizing military operations throughout all echelons. This statement is equally true for HIMAD and SHORAD forces in support of the maneuver force.

PERFORMING AS ADA LNO