Articles from ARMY Magazine, AUSA News and AUSA Headline News on the Multi-Domain Battlefield.

Project Convergence is Army's Answer to MDO Training

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Project Convergence is Army's Answer to MDO Training

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.

‘Flaws’ Identified in Multi-Domain Operations Concept

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‘Flaws’ Identified in Multi-Domain Operations Concept

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.

Multi-Domain Operations Requires Deeper Discussion

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Multi-Domain Operations Requires Deeper Discussion

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.

Multi-Domain Operations Doctrine Could Come Soon

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Multi-Domain Operations Doctrine Could Come Soon

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. 

Indo-Pacific Conflict Would be ‘Catastrophic’

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MG John Johnson addresses attendees at the Multi-Domain Operations Theory into Practice: Years of Lessons forum at the 2019 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Washington Convention Center on Oct. 16, 2019.
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Indo-Pacific Conflict Would be ‘Catastrophic’

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.”

Army Changing How It Recruits, Trains for Future Fight

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Col. Timothy Hummel, from U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, addresses attendees at a Warriors Corner session titled “Developing Leaders for Multidomain Operations” during the 2019 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition on Oct. 14, 2019.
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Army Changing How It Recruits, Trains for Future Fight

The Army is changing the way it recruits, develops and trains soldiers—and it’s looking to Generation Z for how to do it, a senior leader said.

“We have to train leaders to fight and win in this environment,” Col. Timothy Hummel, director of G-2 Operational Environment at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, said while speaking at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition on Oct. 14. 

The Army recognizes the need to change as it focuses on developing its future leaders, some of whom are coming into the Army now, he said.

Multidomain Operations Key to Future Fights

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Multidomain Operations Key to Future Fights

The Army’s dominance over global adversaries—a guarantee that’s been held for decades—is now being challenged, senior leaders said, but the service’s multidomain operations concept may be the solution.

The concept, which continues to be refined, describes how the Army will be able to maintain dominance across all domains—land, sea, air, space and cyberspace—as part of the joint force.

Wesley: Army Guard Key to Future Operations

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Wesley: Army Guard Key to Future Operations

The Army National Guard will play a key role as the Army continues to develop its Multi-Domain Operations concept, which incorporates land, air, sea, space and cyber in the future fight, a senior leader said.

Lt. Gen. Eric Wesley, deputy commander of Army Futures Command, said the Army will need to collectively plan for potential cross-leveling between active-duty and Army Guard units in the years ahead.

AUSA-RUSI Publish Paper on Multidomain Operations

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AUSA-RUSI Publish Paper on Multidomain Operations

A new joint publication lays out a strategy for the U.S. and its European allies in multidomain operations that would require standardizing language usage and overcoming policy gaps.

ILW Paper Looks at China’s Military Capabilities

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ILW Paper Looks at China’s Military Capabilities

A new Institute of Land Warfare paper warns the People’s Liberation Army has and continues to grow military capabilities, giving China the ability to counter some of the ambitious expansions planned by the U.S. as part of its Multi-Domain Operations concept.