From: Puget Sound, Wash, US
I've been trying to use TOAW III for modeling campaigns where I suspect there was the potential for improved Operational Art, and I started with Operation Cobra. To be more realistic I want to let Elmo handle the tactical employment of both sides while I limit my input to assigning objectives and loss tolerance. Would be helpful if Elmo could manage Corps or Numbered Armies, but I can work around that. The far bigger limitation is the lack of a realistic interface between the joint force and the air component at an operational level. This has generally be called "allocation & apportionment". The process [in the real world] is very simple. The air component commander proposes daily to the joint force commander the ratio planned for various air power missions [e.g. air defense/air superiority, Close Air Support [combat support]. interdiction, etc]; and the Force Commander approves or provides direction. The Force Commander then directs how to apply these missions across the AOR, either by geographical area(s) or by which formations should receive the bulk of the effort. The air component commander's CAOC then builds the Air Tasking Order for the next day.
In TOAW III, whenever I use ELMO to move ground formations he also assigns air unit missions even though I have already turned the "air assistant" off. And the only way I have found to recover is to rebuild/edit the ATO. Is there any improvement in TOAW IV to improve the air power employment at the operational level?
Everything I have seen for TOAW IV looks great and I understand that better is the enemy og good enough, but just asking....