inaugural Doolittle Wargame series launching in November will test
various command and control architectures to see which ones best
leverage information and support that result in the fastest, most
effective decisions for multi-domain operations.
Infrastructure is critical
to successful multi-domain ops, and getting the C2 architecture right
is a “stellar” undertaking, said Brig. Gen. B. Chance Saltzman, director
of current operations and head of the Air Force’s multi-domain command
and control initiative.
before a Sept. 26 Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies event in
Washington, D.C., Saltzman compared the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X—the
world’s first cell phone, which weighed 1.75 pounds and was 13 inches
tall—with a modern iPhone. Even if he’d had an iPhone in 1985, “it would
be just as effective as the phone on the left: You could make phone
calls with it,” Saltzman said. That’s because without the Internet—the
necessary infrastructure—iPhone apps, text messaging, and data features
we get the infrastructure right, I’m convinced that the applications
will be much faster in development and integration,” Saltzman said,
acknowledging that will require a significant culture shift inside the
from how the service works with Congress, industry, and academia, to
the way it conducts operations will have to change, he said, and all of
those things must happen in parallel.
Air Force needs to give industry and academia the “basic principles and
basic vision” for how it wants to conduct multi-domain operations—and
then let them work independently to define the best way to make that
a struggle here. This is that cultural shift,” he said. “If we’re
sitting around waiting for that master conops, the master list of
requirements that define MDC2, I’m telling you it’s not coming. It’s not
coming because I don’t think that’s the best way to structure all the
disparate efforts that have to happen.
would much rather focus on standards for the basic foundational work so
everybody who is working on the different disparate aspects knows how
their project will fit in,” Saltzman continued. “Then we have to figure
out what the right contracting mechanisms are, what the right lab work
is, how you go from experiments and technology demonstrations to
operationalizing this. What does ‘program of record’ mean in this
than control everything, he argued, the Air Force will get further,
faster if it seeds the creative forces around it, rather than defines
parameters too concretely. “The short answer is we don’t want to control
too much,” he said. “We want to have the grand vision so everybody can
contribute the way they see works best.”
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