1. A leading brigade decides upon a target to their front. A request for an airstrike on this target
is passed to the tentacle co-located with this brigade headquarters.
2. The tentacle radios this request directly to the Joint Battle Room formed at the co-locate
Army / Composite Group Headquarters. The intervening divisional and corps headquarters listen in on
the radio request for information, but are not directly part of the process.
3. The staff at the Joint Battle Room consider the request, in particular prioritizing it against
all other impromptu requests and available aircraft. A decision is then made right there as to whether
the request will be filled or not. This decision is reported back to the originating tentacle;
if the strike is to be flown the tentacle is given the estimated Time Over Target (TOT) of the
4. The Group headquarters staff at the Joint Battle Room radio the Group Control Centre (GCC)
ordering that aircraft be sent on the strike.
5. The GCC either orders aircraft scrambled from an airfield or diverts some aircraft already
6. The GCC is the only agency in communication with the actual strike aircraft.
7. Note that the tentacle cannot communicate with the strike aircraft. If the mission is on, all that the
ground troops can do is watch for the airstrike at the advised TOT. If no aircraft appear, other than queries
back up the chain-of-command,they have no way of knowing if the airstrike has been cancelled, has mistakenly
struck the wrong target, has been shot down, or is simply late.