Thanks for your input.
I was using Harpoon as a point of reference regarding my concept of what was initially "expected." Face it, after playing Harpoon since its inception, you kind of have an idea of how things generally work with CMANO. It certainly gives you a heads start on others who have never played CMANO before.
I realize now, after reading all of the documentation, how moving reference points work. While I have played with CMANO since its inception, most of my play has been on a user created scenario which involved mostly air strikes. Any TGs that I ever dealt with were rather small in nature, especially using the early scenarios (before LUA), so these options either weren't used, or they weren't even important to the scenario. Even in the scenario that I was asking about the bearing (whether relative or fixed) wouldn't be critical to anything. It would have worked the exact same either way. So, in my opinion, you don't really have to know too much about relative (or fixed) positions within the TG to enhance game play; at least not mine with most of the scenarios. Perhaps, as I work my way through the scenarios, it will become more vital to have that option, but I haven't seen it as of yet.
One more thing that I do have a question about, really it's a follow up question for Gunner (perhaps for you, too, if you are knowledgeable enough): If the AI initially turns on the radar when the missiles are coming, and then turns it off after it perceives the attack is over, wouldn't those orders be in conflict with the LUA command? The EMCON status is initially B, so there are no transmissions. The missiles are observed, by whatever means, and the radar turns on and the SAMs defeat the incoming missiles that are seen. If we use the LUA command, as Gunner suggested, to tell the TG to leave the radars on for a period of time, wouldn't the AI, at some point. revert back to turning them off because that's what it is designed to do? If so, when would that happen? It looks like the orders would be in conflict with one another, unless the AI is being told to stand down because the LUA orders supersede the AI. And, if that happens, exactly when does the AI kick back in? What if AI needs to change the direction of the TG, or perform some other task? Would that cause an overhaul of the AI that could result in the radars being turned off, even if the timer that Gunner had mentioned hadn't expired as of yet? It just seems as if we are trying to jury-rig some orders which could potentially interfere with the AI. Just some thoughts.