The multi-domain command and control (MDC2) concept is a central element of the US and Five Eyes efforts to sustain their competitive advantage across every domain in the theatre of operations. The considerations relative to this approach impact capability, doctrine and training for C2ISR in order to support the fielding of a lethal and agile joint force.
Ahead of this year’s ISR & C2 Battle Management Forum, Defence IQ had the opportunity to gain exclusive insight from conference co-chair, Lieutenant General David A. Deptula (Ret.), Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force (2006-2010) on the main challenges the US and its Five Eyes partners are facing when seeking to apply MDC2 to an ever-more complex operating environment.
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- Gain insight into how to accelerate the application of multi-domain command and control in readiness for the future high-end joint fight by recognizing the challenges to tackle, as explained by Lieutenant General David Deptula, who will Chair this year’s ISR & C2 Battle Management
- Learn more about how to integrate cyber within MDC2, and deliver a defence information architecture which is robust enough to sustain force integration and reach back in the CDO environment, which will be a key theme of this year’s ISR & C2 Battle Management
- Maximize the application of AI, big data and machine learning to support the advanced processing and exploitation of data for the complex battlespace, which will be discussed in further details at ISR & C2 Battle Management
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Defence IQ: General, can you give us your take on MDC2, and the path to realizing it across joint forces? How do you view the progress being made in this area?
Lt Gen Deptula: We are long past the point where we fight as individual service components. When we have to go to war, we fight as an integrated complex involving operations in every domain. Therefore, one has to have the means to provide command and control of all of those forces in all of those different domains, in order to ensure evenness of effort; that’s what MDC2 is all about.
In 2017 and 2018, the ISR & C2 Battle Management USA conference charted the development of multi-domain command and control as a transformative concept for the US and its Five Eyes Partners. It gathered senior military leaders, government officials and the defence industry to help advance the ISR enterprise and ensure the integrity of C2 even when information superiority is challenge or denied.
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The conference saw interventions from Lieutenant General Stephen G. Fogarty, Commander, U.S. Army Cyber Command, Lieutenant General VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR, HQ U.S. Air Force and Air Marshal Stu Evans, Deputy Commander, Allied Air Command. Chaired by Lieutenant General Robert P ‘Bob’ Otto (Ret.), former Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR, USAF Headquarters, Vice Admiral Frank Pandolfe (Ret.), former Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (2015-2017) and Lieutenant General David A. Deptula, Dean, Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Power Studies, the conference had a notable representation from industry, with presentations from Raytheon, Connexta, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and LightSpace Technologies’ CEO.
The Defence IQ team created this report containing the highlights of last year’s conference and session summaries from key speakers. Download your copy to learn more about:
- Defense intelligence innovation and the IT enterprise by Lieutenant General Bradford Shwedo, Director, C4 / Cyber; Chief Information Officer, Joint Staff, J6
- Priorities for enabling multi-domain C2 and ISR by Jack Blackhurst SES, Executive Director, Air Force Research Laboratory, who will be returning to our 2019 event
- U.S. Army research, development and engineering command – network and C3I S&T Strategy by Michael Monteleone SES, Director of Space & Terrestrial Communications Directorate, U.S. Army CERDEC
Our 2019 conference will pick up where last year’s conference left off, engaging more explicitly with the operationalization of MDC2 and those capabilities that the concept has driven forward. To learn more about this year’s event, you can download the agenda here.
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