U.S. Army’s Multi-Domain Task Forces (MDTFs) represent the critical centerpiece in operationalizing the Army’s Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) concept, but their role and value in strategic competition is not fully understood by the joint force or Congress.
Describes the structure, role and value of the Army’s MDTFs to joint force counter anti-access/area-denial capabilities across the spectrum of competition, crisis and conflict; and identifies challenges and considerations moving forward.
Two new units being stood up in Europe will provide the Army with capabilities to “close any gaps” in combat power on the battlefield, the commander of U.S. Army Europe and Africa said.
In remarks at the Fires Conference 2021, hosted virtually by the Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Gen. Christopher Cavoli said the first Multi-Domain Task Force in Europe will “close any gaps in combat ratios that we see in a ground force adversary … with an advantage against us.”
Multidomain operations, the evolving future warfighting concept that is rapidly moving to doctrine, will work far better for the U.S. with the support of allies and partners than if the U.S. goes it alone, retired Gen. Robert Brown said June 2.
“Multidomain is the key to success in the future,” he said. “It must be done together. If not done right, we won’t succeed.”
Transforming the Force for the Cognitive Age
Today’s U.S. Army stands at the precipice of transformational change, striving to free itself from a long-standing routine of incremental modernization. This is not a new crossroad; it has been considered by the Army’s senior leaders three times since 1984.
The Army is working to put its Multi-Domain Operations concept into action during a new exercise slated to begin this fall.
Project Convergence is expected to become an annual exercise designed to help the Army learn how to “connect things and bring things together,” said Gen. Mike Murray, commander of Army Futures Command.
“Within our Multi-Domain Operations concept, convergence is one of the key tenets, how do you bring the five domains together,” Murray said in June during an Association of the U.S. Army Thought Leaders livestream event.
A new Land Warfare Paper from the Association of the U.S. Army suggests the evolving Multi-Domain Operations concept embraced by the Army and being studied by the Joint Staff may contain two critical flaws.
Written by Maj. Amos Fox, the paper says the Army took a “positive first step” to address future threats across land, air, sea, space and cyberspace with technological innovations and revised doctrine.
The U.S. military must balance short-term readiness with future capabilities as it prepares to deal with near-peer adversaries and operate in a “competitive space [that] has changed dramatically,” according to a new paper published by the Association of the U.S. Army.
Written by retired Gen. William Wallace, a former commander of Army Training and Doctrine Command, “Multi-Domain Operations in Context” outlines how competitors like Russia and China developed warfare targeting Western weaknesses—and exposed some shortcomings of the U.S. military.
The U.S. military could have a new, joint operating concept within a year, loosely based on the Army’s Multi-Domain Operations proposal, the commander of the U.S. Army Futures Command said.
Speaking Feb. 10 at the Atlantic Council, Gen. Mike Murray said the services have similar concepts but haven’t been able to agree on details. That could soon change, he said.
The Army has been working for about four years on the notion that a broad-capability force that could find itself challenged in the air, land, sea, space or cyberspace domains should exploit a gap in another domain.
The Army’s Multi-Domain Operations concept “is the way forward” in the Indo-Pacific as the service competes in the increasingly contested environment, a senior leader said.
“We do not want to have conflict in the Indo-Pacific region,” Maj. Gen. John “Pete” Johnson, acting commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific, said Oct. 16 during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition. “It would be catastrophic for the globe if we did that.”