Headquarters Air Force Space Command
Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado 80914-5001 17 August 1987

Administrative Practices


This headquarters operating instruction establishes the Air Force Space Command (AFSPACECOM) Tactical Exploitation
of National Capabilities (TENCAP) Program. It also directs the establishment of the AFSPACECOM TENCAP Steer-
ing Group, the TENCAP Operations Concept, the TENCAP Roadmap Briefing, and the Point of Contact Program.
It applies to HQ AFSPACECOM.

1. References: (1) Conduct activities in three broad areas:

a. Air Force Regulation (AFR) 23-51. (a) Enhance operational exploitation of existing
b. Unified Command Plan (UCP). national systems.
(b) Develop new operational applications for
C. Joint Strategic Capabilities Plan (JSCP). the existing national systems.
d. (S) USAF Tactical Exploitation of National Space (c) Identify operational requirements for future
Program Capabilities (TENCAP) Operations Concept national systems.
(2) Identify to USAF, AFSPACECOM, and US-
2. General: SPACECOM functional managers specific concepts
and procedures for developing, validating, prioritiz-
a. Broad TENCAP Objectives. Establishment of ing, and tasking operational information requirements.
TENCAP offices within the Department of Defense These concepts and procedures permit the requesting,
(DOD) was directed by Congress in 1977 to system- processing, exploiting, and distributing of national
atically explore the tactical (military) use of national systems data. The received data is evaluated and its
systems and to conduct cross-program analysis and utility documented through exercises and special
trade-off studies between national and tactical pro- projects.
grams. Congress also directs that "the Service TEN-
CAP offices fund studies, contractual support, and (3) Establish and prioritize needs and objectives
exercise expenses" to enhance our military use of na- within the AFSPACECOM TENCAP Program.
tional systems. (4) Provide MAJCOM-level TENCAP program-
b. AFSPACECOM TENCAP Charter. AFR matic inputs to AFSPACECOM and USAF points of
23-51 gives the missions and assigned duties of contact for Department of Defense and Director of
AFSPACECOM. AFSPACECOM is the lead MAJ- Central Intelligence (DCI) planning, programming, and
COM for consolidating long range space planning, budgeting in order to meet the requirements of SR
defining requirements, providing operational advocacy, 27-1.
and ensuring a close interface between research and (5) Integrate AFSPACECOM TENCAP objec-
development activities and the operational users of tives into the Air Force and USSPACECOM TENCAP
space systems. Based on the USAF TENCAP Opera- programs.
tions Concept and AFR 23-51, the AFSPACECOM
TENCAP Program is chartered to improve the com- c. AFSPACECOM TENCAP Organization and
bat effectiveness of AFSPACECOM and United States Structure. Air Staff has directed that MAJCOMs iden-
Space Command (USSPACECOM) through more ef- tify a point of contact (POC) for TENCAP activities
fective use of national systems by accomplishing the on their staffs. The AFSPACECOM POC is the TEN-
following: CAP Division (DOST) under the Deputy Chief of Staff

No. of Printed Pages: 4
OPR: DOST (Maj Hal E. Hagemeier)
Approved by: Col James K. McDonough
Editor: Robert E. Kirk
Distribution: F

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(DCS) for Operations. Attachment I shows the Corn- provides the following specific information for each
mand's top-level TENCAP organization and manage- task:
ment structure. This structure provides connectivity to
USSPACECOM, and USAF TENCAP programs and (a) Why the task is needed.
structures. It also shows AFSPACECOM's respon- (b) Actions required to complete the task.
sibilities to USAF as a Service MAJCOM and US-
SPACECOM as a component command. Note: This (e) Listings of budgetary and key agencies
HOI includes support to North American Aerospace involved.
Defense Command (NORAD) as shown in the UCP,
JSCP, and AFR 23-51. (d) Program management charts showing the
timelines and milestones.
3. Responsibilities: (5) Is responsible for POC Program where work-
a. Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (DO): ing level action officers address operations and pro-
grammatic initiatives.
(1) Provides direction and approval of TENCAP
activities. (6) Schedules TENCAP Steering Group meetings.
(2) Has executive responsibility for TENCAP (7) Schedules a semiannual review so that
Steering Group. guidance can effect the Planning, Programming, and
Budgeting System (PPBS) cycle. Presents the semi-
b. Deputy Chiefs of Staff and Systems Integra- annual results to:
tion Office:
(a) DCS for Operations.
(1) Identify a point of contact (action officer) to
serve as focal point for TENCAP activities at the work- (b) DCS for Intelligence.
ing level (see e below). (c) DCS for Plans.
(2) Attend semiannual review. (d) DCS for Systems Integration, Logistics and
c. Director of Space Systems and Activities (DOS): Support.
(1) Provides directorate level guidance to TEN- (e) Chief, Systems Integration Office.
CAP activities.
(8) When required, participates in USSPACE-
(2) Chairs the TENCAP Steering Group. COM and other external TENCAP reviews to ensure
TENCAP program continuity within the national and
d. Chief, TENCAP Division (DOST): military communities.
(1) Directs the TENCAP program office. (9) Requests staff support as needed.
(2) Executes the TENCAP program. (I 0) Acquires and directs appropriate contractor
(3) Develops and maintains the TENCAP Opera- support.
tions Concept which describes the implementation of (I 1) Requests selective POC participation to work
the TENCAP program. It briefly explains the HQ issues to ensure cross-staff consideration.
COM component command responsibilities and (12) Provides administrative support to TSG.
describes the methodology used to accomplish TEN-
CAP goals. In addition, the TENCAP Operations Con- (13) Prepares and coordinates memoranda; back-
cept provides guidance for developing, maintaining, ground, position, and talking papers; staff summary
and using the TENCAP Roadmap Briefing. sheets; and DCS and commander-level correspondence.
(4) Prepares TENCAP Roadmap Briefing which (14) Makes sure semiannual and quarterly reviews
contains the specific description of TENCAP tasks, of TENCAP initiatives are prepared.
justifications, implementing timeliness and other pro- (I 5) Provides TENCAP orientations and training
ject management data. The briefing also identifies each sessions.
task as near term (completion in I to 2 years) or long
term (3 to 7 years, usually involving some planning, (16) Attends annual worldwide Air Force TEN-
programming, and budgeting actions). The briefing CAP Review.

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(1) Provide continual action officer contact be-
(1) Provides guidance for and review of TENCAP tween the TENCAP Division (DOST) and other DCS
activities. Ensures close coordination of and ap- elements.
propriate expertise from DCSs. (2) Are knowledgeable about TENCAP initiatives
to the point they can help the TENCAP Division in
(2) Meets quarterly. identifying and acquiring necessary experience and
support from their DCSs.
from (:3) Consists of directorate level representatives (3) Are familiar with TENCAP objectives, plans,
and programs.
(a) DCS for Intelligence. (4) When selected by Chief, TENCAP Division,
meet on an ad hoc basis to work TENCAP issues.
(b) DCS for Plans.
(5) When selected by Director of Space Systems
(c) DCS for Systems integrations, Logistics and and Activities, attend worldwide USAF TENCAP
Support. Review.
(6) When required by Director of Space Systems
(d) Chief, Systems Integration Office. and Activities, participate in USSPACECOM and other
external TENCAP reviews to ensure TENCAP pro-
(4) Chaired by Director of Space Systems and gram continuity within the national and military
Activities. communities.

Major General, USAF

G. A. STANSELL I Attachment
Colonel, USAF Air Force Space Command TENCAP Organization
Director of Administration and Management Structure