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Multi Domain Operations (MDO)
ARMY MULTI-DOMAIN TRANSFORMATION: READY TO WIN IN COMPETITION AND CONFLICT  By Headquarters, Department of the Army

The United States is facing an unprecedented set of challenges to our national interests. China and Russia continue to challenge the rules-based international order. Both have become increasingly more assertive in an effort to advance their agendas, aimed at supplanting the U.S. globally. By 2040 China and Russia will have weaponized all instruments of national power to undermine the collective wills of the United States, Allies, and partners, while simultaneously cultivating their own ...Read more >

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MULTI-DOMAIN OPERATIONS IN CONTEXT  By General William S. Wallace, U.S. Army, Retired

During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States Army undertook a comprehensive review and analysis—demonstrated principally by the Russian New Generation Warfare study—of the rise in aggressive behavior exhibited by potential great-power competitors (then called near-peer competitors).1 This resulted in several disturbing observations. First, but not surprising, there are nations (most notably Russia and China) that have studied the American way of war and developed concepts ...Read more >

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GETTING MULTI-DOMAIN OPERATIONS RIGHT: TWO CRITICAL FLAWS IN THE U.S. ARMY’S MULTI-DOMAIN OPERATIONS CONCEPT  By Major Amos C. Fox, U.S. Army

U.S. Army Major Amos C. Fox is the executive officer for 3rd Squadron, 4th Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Carson, Colorado. He previously served with the 1st Armored Division, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and 4th Infantry Division and at the U.S. Army Armor School. He is a graduate from the U.S. Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he was awarded the Tom Felts Leadership Award in ...Read more >

16 Pages
2.90 MB
INTEGRATED AIR AND MISSILE DEFENSE IN MULTI-DOMAIN OPERATIONS  By Jeremiah Rozman

In the years following 9/11, the U.S. military has predominantly fought lowtech adversaries. In these conflicts, aerial threats to U.S. assets and forces have been rudimentary. To maximize efficiency for the counterinsurgency mission, the U.S. military has had to deprioritize air defense units’ personnel, training and equipment, allowing air defense capabilities to atrophy. Meanwhile, America’s rivals have been pursuing capabilities that ...Read more >

12 Pages
5.69 MB
THE MULTI-DOMAIN BATTLE CONCEPT: A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT  By Dr. Manabrata Guha & Prof. David J. Galbreath

The Multi-Domain Battle (MDB) concept as championed by the U.S. Armed Forces, particularly the U.S. Army, aims to supplant the Air Land and Air Sea Battle concepts.1 This aim is underwritten by a growing appreciation that “[p]otential adversaries are closing the technology gap with the United States and developing strategies to keep U.S. forces at ...Read more >

74 Pages
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WHAT THE CHINESE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION ARMY CAN DO TO THWART THE ARMY’S MULTI-DOMAIN TASK FORCE  By Larry M. Wortzel

The U.S. Army is radically changing both military culture and the conduct of operations in their incorporation of Multi-Domain Operations (MDO). U.S. Army Pacific Commander General Robert B. Brown described the Multi-Domain Task Force (MDTF) as “a significant step toward integrated, joint formations,” and declared that “we are driving the progress ...Read more >

26 Pages
1.50 MB
DOOLITTLE SERIES 18: MULTI-DOMAIN OPERATIONS  By AIR UNIVERSITY

The Doolittle Series (DS18) was chartered by the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force to explore multi-domain warfighting concepts to improve command and control of air, space, and cyberspace forces in support of dynamic and operationally agile operations. The event held 6 - 8 November 2018 at the LeMay Center Wargaming Institute, Air University, was the first in this series. ...Read more >

88 Pages
5.03 MB
COMMENTARY ON “THE US ARMY IN MULTI-DOMAIN OPERATIONS 2028”  By Huba Wass de Czege

Any response to Russian or Chinese aggression from the United States and its Allies requires military operating concepts, materiel solutions, and forward deployed forces in well-planned and prepared defenses to deter these adversaries credibly and, if necessary, defend the status quo. These concepts must rely on sound military theories and testable hypotheses that yield a logical theory of victory. ...Read more >

66 Pages
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U.S. ARMY CONCEPT: MULTI-DOMAIN COMBINED ARMS OPERATIONS AT ECHELONS ABOVE BRIGADE 2025-2045  

United States (U.S.) Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Pamphlet (TP) 525-3-8, The U.S. Army Concept for Multi-Domain Combined Arms Operations at Echelons Above Brigade 2025-2045 describes how senior Army warfighting formations at echelons above brigade (EAB) operate throughout the competition continuum to support the Army’s four strategic roles proposes how EAB formations might be structured and employed in the future and identifies the ...Read more >

108 Pages
3.24 MB
THE U.S. ARMY IN MULTI-DOMAIN OPERATIONS 2028  

The MDO concept assumesChinese and Russia concepts and force development are sufficiently similar for the Army to solve the problems presented by Russia in the near/mid-term and adapt to the changes China develops mid/farterm. -TRADOC ...Read more >

5 Pages
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CYBER CAPABILITIES AND MULTIDOMAIN OPERATIONS IN FUTURE HIGH-INTENSITY WARFARE IN 2030  By Franz-Stefan Gady, Alexander Stronell

Synchronised kinetic and cyber operations across domains that present ‘multiple dilemmas’ are a fundamental tenet of multi-domain operations. Recent practice and study of the battlespace use of cyber capabilities in conjunction with kinetic operations, however, have shown the difficulties in creating joint effects due to insufficient synchronisation of operations or lack of coordination and control of cyber effects. This paper outlines ...Read more >

26 Pages
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MISSION COMMAND OF MULTI-DOMAIN OPERATIONS  By Mark Balboni et al

The Army’s emerging multi-domain operations (MDO) concept places new challenges on the recently revised Army doctrine for mission command. The United States has not fought against a peer competitor in 75 years as a result, individual services have focused conceptually on fighting their own symmetrical domain wars and paid less attention to supporting other services in other domains. As technology changes and defense ...Read more >

87 Pages
3.00 MB
MULTI-DOMAIN BATTLE: COMBINED ARMS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY  By United States Army White Paper

This paper describes how future ground combat forces, operating as part of joint, interorganizational1 , and multinational teams, will operate to defeat highly-capable peer enemies, control terrain, and project combat power to obtain operational advantage and achieve strategic objectives. Multi-Domain Battle: Combined Arms for the 21st Century emphasizes the need to achieve cross-domain synergy through coordinated, simultaneous actions across contested ...Read more >

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EUROPEAN ALLIES IN US MULTI-DOMAIN OPERATIONS  By Jack Watling and Daniel Roper

RUSSIAN AND CHINESE long-range fires, combined with non-lethal standoff able to shape the operational environment prior to conflict, have led the US Army to conclude that AirLand Battle – the underlying doctrine for its operations – has been ‘fractured’. Under its current posture, US forces would struggle to enter theatre within a politically relevant timeframe, and US sustainment capabilities would be under serious threat, if Russia ...Read more >

40 Pages
1.02 MB
THE ARMY AND MULTI-DOMAIN OPERATIONS: MOVING BEYOND AIRLAND BATTLE  By COL Dennis Wille

The U.S. Army’s latest concept document, The Army in Multi-Domain Operations – 2028, seeks to push the Army squarely into the twenty-first century. In many ways, it seeks to do for the future force what AirLand Battle did for the Army a generation back, setting a new vision for itself in a period of both technologic and geopolitical change. And yet, a review of the Army’s history of modernization, especially the periods between World War ...Read more >

30 Pages
1.64 MB
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