My point is that the ROE is a lot stricter. There are more links in the chain now, BECAUSE of that incident. It literally re-wrote the books on weapons employment. Basically, it was too easy to engage something...now its more difficult. I wasnt saying that NCTR in particular isnt enough, but there's no "one-thing" that'll get someone declared a hostile unless they lock our guys up. The right of self defense is never denied.
The Blackhawks WERE identified, but probably not via NCTR. AWACS played a big hand in dropping the ball, because there were indications that there might be friendlies in the area. People werent sharing information, and things that needed to go out over the radios never did. Rule #1 now is "No secrets." The rule of thumb is that if you know something, you tell 2 other people. And they did get intermittent contacts in the area, that's how the F-15s found out about it. Personally, I fault the Army primarily, for a few reasons. But the Air Force definitely owns a big chunk of the blame too.