Members of No.8 RAF Force Protection Wing, which includes 5 RAFP Sqn and 1 Sqn RAF Regt, recently supported the 2019 Air Combat Power Visit (ACPV) at RAF Waddington. The primary aim of ACPV 19 was to demonstrate RAF capabilities to Advanced Command and Staff Course students from the Joint Services Command and Staff College and senior MoD officers and industry partners. This year the Force Protection brief and supporting capability stands were specifically designed to promote a common understanding of the Complex Air Ground Environment (CAGE) and the fundamental principles that apply to the protection of Air Power.
The delivery of air force protection demands an understanding of the airbase, and surrounding ground and airspace. This operational setting routinely comprises a significant number of high value assets operating in three dimensions; a vast electromagnetic signature; a diverse population (both military and civilian); and large quantities of volatile and fragile material, all within a confined space. Within this context, force protection activities must be coordinated with air operators, enablers, co-located units and adjacent ground holding units; any of which may be coalition partners. Conceptually this battle space is known as the CAGE. As part of the RAF’s approach to protecting itself, the Force Protection Force provides specialist and fully integrated Air Force Protection and leads the application of CAGE fundamentals.