DROP ZONE: Multi-Domain C2

Assurance and deterrence in a world of many capable regional powers will require the Joint Force to apply active and passive security measures, including the development of credible expeditionary and power projection capabilities, protected forward basing, joint nuclear assurance missions, and a range of fixed and deployable military presence postures. – Joint Operating Environment: 2035

Next week in “Air Mobility: Multi-Domain Operations and the Mobility Air Force’s (MAF) Future,” OTH Senior Editors Mark Nexon and Chaff Oppelaar interview General Carlton D. Everhart II, the Commander of the US Air Force’s Air Mobility Command. They discuss the command’s efforts to improve the capability of the MAF aircraft in terms of multi-domain command and control and interoperability with other platforms across the multi-domain environment. Additionally, General Everhart weighs in on the effort to modernize the MAF fleet’s C2 systems and improve the survivability of airlift and tanker aircraft operating in contested environments. He also provides his perspective on where the MAF is today and its role in a contested multi-domain future.

In the multi-domain space I need [C4ISR] to be a seamless, dynamic, continuous presence. We need to C2 over the horizonwith precision navigation and timing inside a multi-domain space. We know what [technology] exists on our aircraft now, but what we can we do to enhance those capabilities, evolve those capabilities, and improve our interoperability so that when a first generation aircraft and a fifth generation aircraft operate together their respective capabilities complement and not hinder one another. – General Carlton Everhart II, Commander, Air Mobility Command

Later in the week, OTH will present an article that examines the instruments of national power, known as DIME (diplomatic, information, military, and economic), and proposes the idea that energy should be considered a separate instrument of power from economic. In the article, “PAKO” Benitez and OTH senior editor “Mule” Keely discuss energy in terms of hard power and soft power, and show examples of how energy has served both types of geopolitical power exclusive of the economic instrument.


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