I heard someone talking about a position in the U.S. Air Force called an Air Battle Manager or ABM. What does a person in this position do?

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    $\begingroup$ Do we have a military SE? This really seems like it should be there if there is one... $\endgroup$
    – Jae Carr
    May 22, 2014 at 18:58
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    $\begingroup$ Wikipedia has a 1,400-word article on this. Did you read it? $\endgroup$ May 22, 2014 at 23:11

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Air battle manager has the following duties:

  • Plan and execute theater air operations
  • Analyze national defense strategy
  • Develop and conduct flying and simulation exercises
  • Conduct, manage, evaluate and improve unit training and readiness
  • Create operational policies

Further information can be found at AirForce's website.

In USAirForce, there are seven categories of aeronautical ratings. They are:

  • Pilot
  • Navigator
  • Combat Systems Officer (CSO)
  • Air Battle Manager (ABM)
  • RPA Pilot
  • Observer
  • Flight Surgeon

For further reading about these ratings, read here.

  • $\begingroup$ Isn't this the type of thing a typical officer does? Is an Air Battle Manager different from the typical USAF officer in any way? $\endgroup$ May 22, 2014 at 18:44
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    $\begingroup$ @flyingfisch I added some more details. Are you asking about difference in responsibilities between ABM and a pilot? $\endgroup$
    – Farhan
    May 22, 2014 at 18:55
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, thanks, those details helped :) $\endgroup$ May 22, 2014 at 19:24

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