Milley Assigns Service Roles In All-Domain Ops Concept

July 23, 2020

Breaking Defense

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley has tasked each of the services to develop a specific piece of the overarching concept for future Joint All-Domain Operations (JADO), which envisions seamlessly lethal coordination across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. The services are already swapping liaison officers with the others to form multi-service teams to thrash out the new ideas.

“Each of the services have has been given a line of effort that we were responsible for leading. Ours is Joint All-Domain Command and Control,” outgoing Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said yesterday in a webinar sponsored by John Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS). “The Navy is looking at global and joint fires; the Army is looking at logistics and how we do logistics under attack.”

A fourth piece of the puzzle is how US forces achieve “information advantage” over high-tech adversaries in future wars; while this hasn’t been publicly specified, it’s likely the lead on this line of effort is the Marine Corps.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper last year tasked the Joint Staff and the services with coming up with the Joint Warfighting Concept for All-Domain Operations by December. Each service is leading one of the “functional concepts” to flesh out that overarching concept, said the Army’s deputy chief of staff for operations (Section G-3/5/7), Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn.

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