Air Battle Manager

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Air battle managers on the AWACS

Air battle manager (ABM) is a rated officer career field in the United States Air Force that provide command and control capability to airborne and ground units.[1]


Air battle manager wings

Undergraduate air battle manager training (UABMT) for the active US Air Force, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve is 9-month course conducted by the 337th Air Control Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base. Following training, graduates will advance to the E-3 AWACS, E-8 JSTARS, a Control and Reporting Center (CRC), or NORAD Battle Control Center.[2]


The responsibilities of Air Battle Managers differ depending on the platform to which they are assigned. On the E-3 AWACS, their job is to provide command and control to friendly aircraft in both air-to-air and air-to-ground engagements, as well as providing long-range surveillance of aircraft and radar emitters.[3] ABMs assigned to the E-8 JSTARS provide radar surveillance on moving and stationary targets on the ground.[4] ABMs assigned to the Control and Reporting Center (CRC) provide air-to-air surveillance and control for friendly aircraft.[5] As of October 27, 2014, the Air Force Personnel Center reported that there are currently 1,436 ABMs serving on active duty.[6]


  1. ^ "Air Battle Manager". United States Air Force. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  2. ^ "337TH AIR CONTROL SQUADRON". Archived from the original on 2015-07-20. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  3. ^ "E-3 Sentery (AWACS)". 552 Air Control Wing. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  4. ^ "E-8C Joint Stars". Air Combat Command. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Control and Reporting Center". 552 Air Control Wing. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-14. Retrieved 2015-09-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)