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A SAILOR’S TAKE ON MULTI-DOMAIN OPERATIONS

Tuesday, May 21, 2019   (0 Comments)

By Will Spears  |  May 21, 2019  |  War on the Rocks

 

Warfighting concepts come and go. Reflecting the predominant concerns of their times, some will produce lasting reforms with historical impact, whereas others will be unceremoniously discarded as their champions retire. Still others will quietly fade into obscurity as their useful contributions are absorbed into practice, their bad ideas are forgotten, and a yet-newer concept captures the imagination. “Multi-domain operations,” a concept which has taken various forms since about 2016, could go any of the three directions.

“Multi-domain” is an evolving term utilized primarily by futurists associated with the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. Expressed in noun form, “multi-domain operations” represent those futurists’ aspirations to improve integration of military forces across the operational domains — land, maritime, air, space, and cyber — through a combination of organizational reform and emerging technology. Excited commentators have called multi-domain operations everything from a conceptual successor to joint warfare to a 21st century analogue for the Apollo program. Likewise, skeptics have labeled the concept as a “slogan” laden with unrealistic ambition and “self-congratulatory prose.” READ MORE...


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