Mission timelines were planned with gantt charts that helped visualize key moments and look for opportunities to utilize different stack layers. The Top Stack is used for radar, mission support, and high altitude bombing. The Middle Stack is for air-to-air combat and ground support. The Bottom Stack takes on the role of ground insertion operations with the CV-22 and ground support with the A-10.
The game narrative was written to help establish an engaging approach to the missions that would develop as players gradually revealed the story. In this fictitious setting, a local militant organization has been gaining resources and power and is beginning to force their influence in the area. The USAF is asked by coalition forces to help ascertain tactical whereabouts, gather intel, and launch strategic deterrent missions as needed. As the first few missions are completed, the story grows to reveal that this militant group is much larger than first thought, and it will take all of the USAF’s capabilities to neutralize threats while aiding the local populations impacted by the insurgents.