OTH Video PRIMER 1: The Human Domain


Welcome to OTH’s first-ever video primer! In an effort to develop a greater understanding of the numerous concepts which underpin the realm of multi-domain operations, the team here at OTH will be producing a series of video primers. In this video, Major Julie Janson provides a greater understanding of the nature of the Human Domain, a viable definition, and a short overview of how the Human Domain can be applicable at the various levels of warfare.

Thank you for joining us, enjoy, and let us know how we are doing. If you would like us to address a topic we have not hit yet, let us know here.

The views expressed are those of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Air Force or the U.S. Government.

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3 thoughts on “OTH Video PRIMER 1: The Human Domain

  • March 1, 2018 at 4:26 am

    Almost all research within the military on the Human Domain has always looked at the other guy. The host nation we are working in, the populace we are trying to influence, the government officials we hope to develop, or the adversary we are trying to defeat. It is most often about understanding and shaping the human dynamics of others (external), not of our own military members (internal).

    The most relative article that I have seen on this blog so far has been an Army War College paper titled, “Training Humans for the Human Domain.”

    Similar to programs such as USASOC’s Tactical Human Optimization, Rapid Rehabilitation and Reconditioning (THOR3) program or USSOCOM’s Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF) program, are there any MDOS students focused on how to optimize the Human Domain internally?Throughout the MDOS program, are there any discussions or comparisons of the internal/external perspectives of the Human Domain?

    • March 17, 2018 at 8:38 am

      As promised, here is a response from our program lead, Dr. Jeff Reilly:

      Thanks for your comment. This is definitely an area all of us need to improve. MDOS uses ACSC’s leadership development course to approach some of the issues you have raised. Additionally, MDOS rotates leadership positions throughout the academic year. Every student leads multiple collaborative planning exercises. This provides real world experiential learning in dealing with other perspectives and balancing human dynamics. The human dynamics segment is much more than differences of opinion. It involves understanding individual capabilities and occurrences that shape life such as births, deaths, medical operations, and dealing with family member terminal illnesses. These types of events cause the students and faculty to face resiliency challenges that others only talk about. Bottom line, MDOS is far from perfect, but we strive to do the best we can within the confines of the core curriculum.

  • March 8, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Hi Matthew, I have forwarded your comment to our program manager, who is currently TDY. I can tell you that we absolutely have students, like me, focused on the Human Domain throughout the MDOS program, though all MDOS students are taught to put a premium on this often-overlooked domain. It is the first domain we discuss and exercise within the current curriculum. Every exercise we do utilizes Blue and Red Teams account for various perspectives. We also look at the strategic perspective and implications of every operational plan we consider.

    As far as internal optimization as you discuss it, the ACSC curriculum includes a Leadership course which is the first course that all students, including MDOS, take. This course is heavily focused on the internal factors you mention.


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