The Multi-Domain Battle

Unless you spend time on sites that deal with war and responses you probably have not heard the term multi-domain used much…but the term is quite popular with war gamers, analysts and defense contractors…….

Most people are knowledgeable about conventional warfare……good guys here, bad guys there….bang bang….one side overpowers the other and declares victory.

The there is asymmetrical warfare…..good guys here, bad guys everywhere else…bang bang and years of bang bang and no one wins….just keep fighting…..

Then we talk about a two prong domain battle plan….air to land…boom then sea to land another boom….but as this world progresses a multi-domain battle comes to light…..

The Army is looking beyond ground warfare as it prepares to fight on an increasingly complex and unpredictable battlefield, the senior commander of Training and Doctrine Command said.

“The world I grew up in, during the Cold War, you would have ground forces fighting ground forces, air forces fighting air forces. Cyber didn’t even exist when I was a lieutenant,” said Gen. David Perkins. “What’s happening now is those lines are blurring between those domains.”

Whether it’s the current threat from the Islamic State terror group or Russia’s actions in Ukraine, the Army, along with the other services, must prepare to fight in all domains, Perkins said.

Source: The Multi-Domain Battle

History has taught us that one dimensional thinking is okay but nothing in today’s world is one dimensional with the exception of some of our citizens thought processes.

The US military is trying to develop a way to handle a multi-Domain strategy…..but can they succeed?

Just after dawn on September 4, 1943, Australian soldiers of the 9th Division came ashore near Lae, Papua in the Australian Army’s first major amphibious operation since Gallipoli. Supporting them were U.S. naval forces from VII Amphibious Force. The next day, the 503rd U.S. Parachute Regiment seized the airfield at Nadzab to the West of Lae, which allowed the follow-on landing of the 7th Australian Division.  The Japanese defenders offered some resistance on the land, token resistance in the air, and no resistance at sea. Terrain was the main obstacle to Lae’s capture.

From the beginning, the allied plan for Lae was a joint one. The allies were able to get their forces across the approaches to the enemy’s position, establish secure points of entry, build up strength, and defeat the enemy because they dominated the three domains of war relevant at the time — land, sea, and air.

Unfortunately, today’s commanders cannot have the same degree of confidence in the joint fight that their predecessors had at Lae. Changes in the character of war threaten to undermine the ability of commanders to wage a joint fight effectively, if at all. The development of anti-access and area-denial (A2/AD) weapons and systems means that the joint force may struggle to close with and defeat some adversaries.

Source: Multi-Domain Battle: A New Concept for Land Forces

I fear that our military commanders may have a grasp but the commander in chief may have NO idea what to do or how to handle all the situations coming his way.

This is ma concern that more people need to be aware of for the coming events will test this country….maybe to its limits…..and if our “leaders” are clueless we could be in for some pretty dark days.

Ominous sounding?  Yes it is and just as damn serious as I can be.

Further reading:

Source: Some New, Some Old, All Necessary: The Multi-Domain Imperative

Source: Army Leaders Search for Answers to Multi-Domain Battle |


2 thoughts on “The Multi-Domain Battle

  1. There are many new terms when it comes to modern warfare. Despite all the ‘progress’, drones, smart bombs, cruise missiles, etc, it still seems to come back down to men with rifles, walking into danger. Not much has changed, from where I sit.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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