Deployable Air Command and Control Centre (DACCC)
Major General Andreas Kraak
The Deployable Air Command and Control Centre (DACCC), headquartered at Poggio Renatico in northern Italy, provides a capability for deployable Surveillance and Control of Alliance Air Operations. Its mission is to prepare elements for worldwide operational deployment and, together with the Combined Air Operations Centres at Torrejon, Spain and Uedem, Germany, to deliver well-trained and specialised experts to supplement Allied Air Command during Allied operations and exercises. This provides NATO commanders with a unique force projection capability with elements that are:
DEPLOYABLE – Able to be transported worldwide for combat, contingency or peacetime missions.
- SUSTAINABLE – Self-contained with equipment required for long-term 24/7 mission execution.
- CONFIGURABLE – Equipment can be tailored, augmented or divided to run two operations simultaneously.
- AFFORDABLE – Provides an efficient addition to existing static and airborne command and control platforms.
Sixteen NATO Nations contribute to the DACCC, which comprises four functional pillars; two deployable elements utilised in operations and exercises and two that support routine duties when in garrison:
Brigadier General Roberto Di Marco
- The Deployable Air Control Centre, Recognized Air Picture Production Centre and Sensor Fusion Post (DARS). The DARS is NATO’s deployable air surveillance and control capability, responsible for the control of air missions including surface-to-air missiles, air traffic management and control, area air surveillance, production of a recognized air picture and other tactical control functions. It regularly exercises its proficiency to rapidly deploy from its garrison to seamlessly integrate into the existing NATO Air Command and Control structure.
- A Deployable Air Operations Centre (DAOC). The DAOC provides a pool of personnel for the NATO Command Structure Joint Force Air Component (JFAC) when stood up at Headquarters Allied Air Command in Ramstein, Germany.
- Training & Exercise. Responsible for the training and preparation of DAOC personnel for their supplementing role in the NATO JFAC and to provide initial, continuation and upgrade training for all assigned AIRCOM personnel. It also performs mandatory Initial Functional JFAC Training for assigned NATO Command Structure JFAC personnel from Headquarters Allied Air Command, the DAOCs and national JFAC augmentees, based on a consistent mission analysis process.
- Combat Service Support. Responsible for providing personnel and administrative support, Logistic Support Agreements, Local Force Protection Services, agreements with NATO Support and Procurement Organization, support in garrison, Control and Reporting Centre, Communication and Information Systems, engineering, deployable sensors and Health and Safety, Capabilities Package Implementation.
In the near future, an additional element, the Deployable Sensors Branch (DSB) will provide deployable air defence radar and passive electronic support measures capabilities.