No Ray you'll be seeing AWACS controlling the planes (more likely the MC2A and/or E-10), not J-STARS. As someone who could fly on both, (I only have one flight on the JSTARS though) I can tell you a bit about the controller aspect on both. Yes J-STARS talks to fighters, but not often in a CAS roll. I controlled CAS on 5 combat missions over Iraq, and the big thing is working the kill box, checking ordinance then getting to the guy on the ground for the final talk on. J-STARS can do this, be often does not and is not trained on it, and without the air radar, it is procedural control. Their SAR/MTI radar obviously looks down, and they have links to talk to the army, and work ground support, and look for 'movers'. They have no air to air radar, and use the E-3, GTACS, or E-2 air link via J-TIDS for any air picture, and of course we use theirs for ground look. J-STARS do not direct Vipers or Strike Eagles on a daily basis.
While we did fly with Marines on some flights in OIF, the J-STARS has two Army officers full time on the crew, that 'speak army' and can coordinate the ground to go after movers, then on a Command and control type of network the E-3 sends in CAS usually F-16CGs and A-10s, and Marine F-18s. Not to digress. Air Forces Monthly has some good articles on our interoperability from OIF, even some good pics from PSAB.
As for the Comanche, I don't think we can say 'It would have been a success' yet. We just don't know. It seems some folks in the Army didn't think so. Maybe this is a message to contractors out there. Much like the Osprey the money was flying down the toilet, and I work with Boeing contractors daily, and can tell you the way some of these long term contracts are written, is comical.
Tiger is possible, but I think a US final assembly facility would have to happen for an order as large as the Army would want. It is possible. The HH
-65 and others listed above show that can happen. And if it is the best, go for it.
Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, Texas-It's bigger than France