The Ministry of Defense has said that “integrated deterrence” will be a key part of its National Defense Strategy should be released in the coming weeks.

In December 2021 brief of mission on the next NDS, Mara Karlin — assistant secretary for strategies, plans, and capabilities and acting deputy assistant secretary for policy at DOD — said the concept of integrated deterrence goes beyond traditional domains and examines the nation’s defense strategy in the context of non-traditional warfare.

“The idea of ​​integrated deterrence means that you integrate into all of your areas. As I watch a challenge, how does the cyber play it? How does space play into it?… How do you integrate the domains? How do you fit into the whole of government? said Karlin.

Along with integrated deterrence, the strategy should respond to the country’s plan to win strategic competition with other world powers, such as China and Russia, through hybrid warfare and “grey area” strategies.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies defines gray zone war as “coercion below the level of direct warfare,” which can include economic and political coercion, the dissemination of false information, computer hacking, and provocation by state-controlled forces.

At a recent round table organized by the Atlantic Council, four times Wash100 Price winner and former Chief of DOD Acquisitions Ellen Lord said, “We believe that war and conflict are kinetic”, however, “most of it is in the gray area, [like] economic well-being and supply chain security.

As an extension of integrated deterrence and offensive gray area warfare efforts, the Department of Defense Fiscal Year 22 National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law in December 2021, authorized $7.1 billion for the department Pacific Deterrence Initiative. The PDI aims to improve the United States’ position in the Indo-Pacific region through investments in military capabilities and stronger partnerships with allies.

An important element of the PDI and the Department of Defense’s larger NDS is to increase intelligence and data collection on gray area adversaries and their surrounding allies.

The United States Army selected Booz Allen Hamilton in April 2021 to develop a common data fabric to facilitate data sharing and improve synchronization between disparate or incompatible systems, in accordance with the Joint DOD Cross-Domain Command and Control Initiative.

Michael Davenport, senior vice president of the C5ISR business at Booz Allen Hamilton, said the company’s Rainmaker technology will help the military deliver consistent capabilities across multiple environments and domains, bolstering its efforts to share and data consolidation.

“In the short term, the military needs its data structure to understand data in the current languages ​​these systems speak at the current interfaces supported by the systems, move that data into the mission space, and present it in formats that other systems understand,” Davenport said. NextGov. “Longer term, the military needs to update and develop systems that are as open as possible using modernized data sharing methods.”

The Air Force Advanced Combat Management System – the service branch component of the DOD’s JADC2 – also aims to accelerate the decision-making process for operators through data collection, analysis and use. better and more efficient.

Director of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office Randy Walden said the ABMS would connect weapon systems, platforms and command systems in a centralized network and improve the service’s enterprise-wide communication capabilities.

“The challenge is to take the data you want to share – you have to understand it and how you want to share it – and then write the applications that give you that highest level data quality and compress timelines for those decision makers.” noted Walden about the challenges that persist in this area.

Air Force’s Randy Walden and Booz Allen’s Michael Davenport will join other federal and industry officials in a timely conversation about leveraging data to gain an information advantage and ensure integrated deterrence against global adversaries during the Potomac Officers Clubthe JADC2 series event, Achieving Information Dominance: Countering Gray Area Warfare with Data Unification February 2.

brigadier general Charles Parker, Deputy Director of J6/Joint Staff and Chair of the DOD’s JADC2 Cross-Functional Team, will moderate the event to share his thoughts on rolling out JADC2 across all service branches and the impact the initiative will have on strategies. defense agencies.

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