And as the battlespace becomes more distributed and autonomous, considerable thought has been given to the tactical edge, including the data architecture and network that will support continuous operations. And the tactical edge is where some of earliest joint all domain operational capabilities will be delivered.
While focusing on the edge is critical, we must also consider the operational architecture that will help maintain our superiority by providing simultaneous situational awareness across domains. We need a fluid and reliable way of dynamically adapting command and control authority.
Coaching The Quarterbacks
Joint command and control in these operations will require capabilities that are utilized in the “grey zone” where most of the operational timeline is spent – the times between full peace and all-out war. Building on the football analogy, it is in this time that we need the management structure like a head coach with offensive and defensive coordinators.
Wargaming to Find Answers
From these wargames, we discovered the importance of leveraging the strengths of strategic, operational and tactical level assets. If we hope to achieve true collaborative operations across domains, the bridge between JADC2 and distributed operations must be considered every bit as carefully as operations at the tactical edge.