Earlier this month, the world gave a tremendously deserving tribute to the brave servicemen who stepped foot into battle on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. This month also marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of another amphibious assault, half a world away from France: the US landings on Saipan on June 15, 1944. If Operation Overlord was the decisive operation of the European theater, Operation Forager—the Allied campaign to seize the Mariana islands from the Japanese—was the decisive campaign of the Pacific. The contest on land, at sea, and in the air—despite the passing of three-quarters of a...Read More
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The Army Innovates Better than You Think: A Guide to Thinking about Multi-Domain Operations and Fighting Future Wars
Recently, the US Army has been developing a new vision of the future battlefield and how its forces will succeed there. Called Multi-Domain Operations (MDO), this new concept of warfare will enable the force to deal with future fights that span the land, air, maritime, space, and cyber domains. In many ways, MDO is a reaction to a decade of counterinsurgency (COIN) and its effects on the force. The contention is that the Army’s effectiveness at adapting to the threat of insurgency has dulled the skills required to face down a peer or near-peer competitor, like a rising China...Read More
They are the crown jewels in the Army’s training and readiness program: the combat training centers. Every several weeks, a new brigade combat team arrives and prepares to go into “the box.” Soldiers, leaders, and equipment are tested, and units’ mission-essential tasks are validated in a challenging scenario that pits them against world-class opposing forces. While the exercise provides invaluable training with elements of joint cooperation, it is largely a ground-based, predictable fight, devoid of any political context—something that fails to reflect the way the Army envisions the future battlespace. The Army—and the joint force—must put the creative energy,...Read More
He either fears his fate too much Or his desserts are small, Who dares not put it to the touch To win or lose it all. ― James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose I believe history does not repeat itself, but as Mark Twain pointed out at times it does rhyme. Once again in my life our Army is reassessing how it will fight large-scale ground combat operations against peer and near-peer adversaries, possibly while outnumbered. The conditions have changed since the first time I experienced this upon entering our Army at the end of the Vietnam War....Read More
It is perhaps axiomatic, and thus seemingly unnecessary, to say that computers have transformed modern war. But they have in ways both large and small; they have, for example, become deeply integrated with the full range of Army operations—part of a broader convergence of domains and thus part of a pattern that has led to the development of the multi-domain battle concept. The problem, however, is that military technology training has failed to keep pace with rapidly growing capabilities. The result is that despite expanding digital footprints, most soldiers might as well be using typewriters, analog telephones, and chalkboards...Read More
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