Armor & Mobility

FEB 2017

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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serving us well before it fails is what leaders do. As the professional logistics community, we have an obligation to take the necessary steps now to be the critical enabler for the AFFOR to meet the operational demands of the JFC tomorrow. This paradigm shift is called Multi-Domain Logistics Command and Control (MDLC2). Imagine operating within an environment where seamless coordination of combat support and combat service support could be achieved through one primary focal point. Imagine an AFFOR team reaching back to "the enterprise" and only having to go to one focal point to get additional resources. Imagine if that focal point had awareness of all assets worldwide, and AFFORs could make value judgements based on real-time data, and commanders could prioritize resource allocations across multiple theaters, and the AFFOR could communicate accurate logistics risk assessments to the JTF/CC. This is the environment that we need to create for tomorrow. Contested Global Battlespace In recent history, the U.S. military has operated largely in an uncontested environment for logistics. We have become very efficient, but we lack resilience. As the strategic environment changes, the assumptions that underpin our past concepts of support will no longer be valid. Our adversary's efforts are narrowing the technological margin and reducing our competitive advantage regarding our precision strike capabilities, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), and cyber space. MDLC2 brings awareness and the ability to engage at the right level with decision quality information to widen the gaps our adversaries are aiming to close. The Joint Operating Environment 2035 white paper published by the Director of Joint Force Development in July of 2016 is instructive. Future security environments will likely be defined by overarching challenges such as contested norms and persistent disorder. These challenges typically involve competitors confronting the U.S. and our allies on a number of fronts, to include credibly challenging the rules and agreements that define international order. A good example of this is China's recent geostrategic ambitions, particularly within the South China Sea, with their recent efforts to turn former reefs into operational air fields. If we believe our resource environment will continue to be constrained, and we do, then we can't just be a "little better" at what we already do. We have to fundamentally change the level of awareness and ability for commanders to engage with increased speed and agility. MDCL2 gives us the ability to dynamically plan and re-plan rapid theater- wide mission sustainment through global awareness along with the codified authorities to use that awareness to engage at the right levels and achieve the desired effects. We organize, train, and equip as individual services, but we fight as a joint team. Joint Publication 4.0, Joint Logistics, tells us that our enemies, whoever they may be, will persistently attempt to shape, respond, and dominate in all six phases of warfare as a means to Figure 1. Theater-centric Logistics Operations Register Today. Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities Available RESERVE SPACE NOW! Contact: Laurie Powell, (703) 740-1940 April 25–26, 2017 Crown Complex Fayetteville, North Carolina A local, practical conference with 500 attendees from the Fort Bragg G6 community, including FORSCOM, USARC, JSOC, USASOC, Ft Bragg NEC, 18th Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Div, and others. Figure 2. Logistics Numbered Air Force Operations utilizing MDLC2 COMMANDER REVIEW 14 | Armor & Mobility | February 2017

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