Leading Five Eyes Air Force Interoperability
Fully integrated and interoperable Five Eyes Air Forces.
To identify and resolve current and future air force interoperability challenges by leveraging collective expertise.
Originally formed in 1948 as the Air Standardization Coordinating Committee (ASCC), changing in 2005 to the Air and Space Interoperability Council (ASIC) and recently to the Five Eyes Air Force Interoperability Council, AFIC is an international organisation which provides a framework for the air forces of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States to work collaboratively to enhance coalition expeditionary air interoperability. AFIC achieves this through the standardisation, where appropriate or possible, of doctrine, operational procedures, materiel and equipment across the range of air power functions. The primary means to achieve this aim is the multi-lateral development of AFIC Air Standards which, when ratified nationally, are implemented in member nations' national documentation. AFIC also provides a means to exchange technical information, including short response loans of equipment for trial purposes through standing Working Groups consisting of specialist officers from each nation's air force. Oversight of the AFIC in the member nations is jointly the responsibility of the five appointed one-star National Directors (NDs) in each air force appointed by their respective Chiefs. Central multi-lateral oversight of the AFIC program is the responsibility of the Washington DC based AFIC Management Committee (MC), membership of which includes an O-5 level officer from each air force responsible to the National Directors.