Today's evolving security environment is complex and has global dimension. The multidimensional concept of security includes roles such as conflict prevention, crisis and consequence management, peacekeeping, support of peacemaking, disaster response and humanitarian assistance.
Consequently, potential operations for the NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control Force go far beyond its original role of strategic air surveillance and fighter control throughout Europe. It now covers complex missions for the full spectrum of Air Battle Management, including air-to-air and air-to-ground control, air surveillance and airspace management, air policing, combat search and rescue, force marshalling and threat broadcast.
The Component has played a significant role in promoting peace, stability, and global security. In the late eighties and early nineties, our E-3A aircraft provided NATO with critical air surveillance and control capabilities that directly led to the end of the Cold War.