Air Force Officer Job: 13BX Air Battle Manager

US Air Force Commissioned Officer Job Descriptions

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AFSC 13B4, Staff
AFSC 13B3, Qualified
AFSC 13B1, Entry

Specialty Summary

  • Performs and manages air battle manager (ABM) operations functions and activities.
  • Effects control of assigned forces.
  • Plans, organizes, and directs operations, including airspace management, directs aircraft conducting air defense and tactical missions, coalition integration, sensor system management, operations management activities, and data link operations.
  • Supervises mission crew activities, and sector and regional operations control centers.
  • Provides staff supervision and technical advice.
  • Supports the planning, programming, and budgeting process for command and control (C2) and battle management functions. Related DoD Occupational Group: 2G.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Directs personnel and manages ABM operations. Selects and employs surveillance, combat, reporting, and data link management systems. Interprets directives into specific guidance and procedures for controller actions. Executes operations plans to ensure positive control of assigned forces. Evaluates operational readiness of communications, sensors, and related support equipment. Manages operations personnel performing air weapons control, surveillance, and data link activities. Advises commander on the readiness of forces based on force status reports and training exercise and evaluation results.
  • Develops plans, policies, and procedures. Analyzes national defense guidance and objectives to create operational policies. Implements policy through the development of plans and procedures to execute assigned weapons and C2 capabilities. Plans, programs, and develops budget inputs to ensure resource availability for operational requirements. Plans and conducts flying and simulated exercises to evaluate and enhance operational readiness. Establishes procedures and monitors implementation of squadron programs, policies, and plans. Develops and implements operational procedures and management agreements with sister services, allied forces, and civil authorities to ensure safe and effective civil and military air operations.
  • Trains, establishes standards, and conducts evaluations. Develops formal schools' curriculums and conducts training for entry-level and continuing education courses. Conducts and manages unit training to ensure operations personnel have required job skills. Develops, evaluates, and adjusts training plans and programs to meet mission needs. Establishes performance standards and certifies ABM skills, knowledge, and proficiency. Develops procedures for improving operations. Conducts and participates in training events to ensure inter-operability of battle management assets and unit readiness. Conducts evaluations to ensure personnel and unit meet operational readiness goals, adhere to operational procedures, and use sound management practices. Coordinates with other agencies to ensure support resources are adequate to accomplish missions.
  • Performs technical functions and activities. Develops battle management architecture supporting inter-operability of joint forces within a theater of operations. Participates in research, development, test, and evaluation to determine new battle management systems capabilities and modifications to existing systems. Assists in writing technical requirements and equipment specifications, and develops criteria to evaluate operational effectiveness. Conducts analysis to determine optimum sitting of ground units and positioning of airborne assets. Manages assigned forces and air operations using voice and data communication and radar systems. Develops, reviews, and disseminates data on tactics, techniques, and employment of combat and operations support units. Collects, validates, and inputs force management information and situation events data.
  • Advises on the effective use of battle management assets. Provides functional expertise and input for activating, employing, deploying, or deactivating battle management systems. Provides recommendations to create inter-operability among battle management assets and other warfighting capabilities to enhance combat operations and allow commanders increased responsiveness and flexibility. Advises on weapons control capabilities. Advances conceptual thinking and the development of tactics to improve battle management and total force capabilities.

Specialty Qualifications

Knowledge. The following knowledge is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

13B3X. The following common knowledge is mandatory for award of the qualified AFSC with any suffix: organization, mission, and principles of operations deployment; directives, procedures, and techniques to manage and operate airborne and ground C2 systems, theater or scope of operations equipment, and operational policies of weapons and systems employment; strategic, theater, and tactical C2 and communications systems; limitations and capabilities of manual and automated C2 systems; C2 reporting; deliberate and contingency planning; principles of radar and Electronic Attack and Electronic Protection; the air defense organization of North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) and Theater Air Control Systems.

13B3B/C/D/K/L/U. Weapons control, airspace and data link management, mission crew commander functions, or C2 operations support of airborne battle management platforms; air threat analysis; allocation, distribution, and positioning of air weapons systems; air control procedures, tactics, and techniques; radar, radio, and data link capabilities; aircraft performance characteristics and armament; radio and telephone procedures and phraseology; meteorology; electronic combat operations and techniques; sensor system management, limitations, and operations; fighter tactics and forces management; operating procedures and relationship among air, ground, and naval forces and effective use of their combined resources; surveillance and data management activities; surveillance situation analysis; detection, tracking, reporting, display, and dissemination of air situation and tactical threat information; and management, interoperability, and integration of command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I).

Education. For entry into this specialty, undergraduate academic specialization in a technical discipline with courses in administration and management is desirable.

Training. The following training is mandatory as indicated:

For the award of AFSC 13B1X, completion of Air Force Undergraduate ABM Training (UAT).

For the award of AFSC 13B3X, completion of transition and operational training in the suffix specific aircraft of the system.

Experience. The following is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

13B3B/C/D/K/L/U. A minimum of 12 months' experience in a weapons assignment or air surveillance position and certification as combat or mission ready, including experience in organizing, directing, and managing operations and related activities of assigned C2 systems.

Other. The following are mandatory as indicated:

For entry into this specialty, physical qualification for a Flying Class III physical according to AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards is mandatory.

For the award of 13B1U, prior qualification as a 13B3B/K/L.

Specialty Shredouts

B ................................................ AWACS
C ................................................ Air Defense
D ................................................ Mobile Air Control
K.................................................. JSTARS
L ................................................. ABCCC
U.................................................. ALO