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he topic of "multi-domain operations" has been gaining considerable traction over the past year. The Air Force, for example, has been articulating its
multi-domain command and control (C2) concept as a way to improve operations across the air, space and cyberspace domains. At last month's AUSA
Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, one of the most interesting panels was
titled, "Multi-Domain Battle: Ensuring Joint Force Freedom of Action in Future War."
The multi-domain operations concept focuses on enabling fighting forces in one
domain, say a ground force, to generate effects in another domain, such attacking
ships with land-based fires or targeting aircraft with a Patriot battery. Generating
these types of cross-domain effects is certainly not new to warfare, of course. But,
what is novel about multi-domain operations is the strong emphasis on smoothing
out many of the "operational seams" between the warfighting domains and placing
cross-domain effects at the center of how we conceptualize the battlespace. We've
been evolving our Joint concept since World War II, and pursuing the multi-domain
concept is the logical next step in this process.
The reason that the multi-domain operations topic has been attracting so much
attention recently is mostly due to the recognition of two new operational domains:
Cyberspace and the Electromagnetic Spectrum. Commercial technologies are driving
the widespread use of electromagnetic (EM)-dependent systems (radars, datalinks,
satnav systems, etc.), as well as the growth of battle networks that link these electronic systems across the air, land, sea and space operational domains. Not only do
cyberspace and the EMS domain share a lot of synergy between them, they also share
tremendous synergies with the air, land, sea and space domains. To reduce this down
to a simple example, consider the F-35. Is it a traditional strike aircraft operating in
the air domain, or is it a cyberspace system that is a powerful node in an integrated
battle network, or is it a multi-spectral EMS system that can sense and communicate
across the EM environment and deliver EM effects against targets in other operational domains. The answer, of course, is that it is all three!
Now, if we bump this multi-domain concept from the platform level up to the
operational level, then it becomes clear that our current perception of operational
domains - and the relationships between them - will be a liability in any future
conflict against a near-peer competitor. Instead, we must develop a multi-domain operational concept that exploits the many evolving synergies between these domains.
The question that we in the EW community should ask ourselves is, how can we
continue to grow our thinking to better support multi-domain operations? In some
ways, the multi-domain concept is already programmed into our EW brains. The EMS
is an inherently Joint domain, after all. But in other ways, such as our community's
cautious embrace of directed energy (talk about something that generates EM effects
in other domains!), we have been too slow to appreciate the opportunities that are in
front of us. It's definitely time to expand our thinking. - J. Knowles

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BAE Systems Electronic Systems
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - November 2016

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
US Helicopter EW Programs
53rd Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention Guide
Conference Report
Threat Monitor
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - November 2016 - The View From Here
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JED - November 2016 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - November 2016 - Courses Calendar
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JED - November 2016 - From the President
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