The Pentagon’s CJADC2 landmark is a sign for China, officials say

The Pentagon’s implementation of a basic form of Joint Sector-wide Command and Control is a signal to China that the US is making significant strides in military modernization, officials said.

The Department of Defense announced this week that it has secured the so-called minimum viable capability for CJADC2 by connecting some existing software applications and data feeds to connect troops on land, air, sea, space and cyberspace.

Although officials did not disclose where exactly it is being used, they said it is now being implemented by the militant commands.

Such a real-world application “should demonstrate that the department is making paradigm shifts at a scale and speed that rivals any potential competitor we might have. This is just one example,” Air Force Col. Matthew Strohmeyer told reporters on the sidelines of Defense Data and AI Symposium in Washington.

Strohmeyer leads the Global Information Dominance experiments, or GIDEs, that help shape CJADC2. The exercises were restarted by the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office last year. The next GIDE is scheduled to start in a few days.

“We went from the deputy secretary telling us six months ago, ‘I want a minimum sustainable capability for CJADC2,’ and the department was able to deliver that at scale, across the combatant commands and the joint staff,” Strohmeyer said. . “It shows that we are making very tangible, rapid progress with real capabilities in the hands of warfighters.”

The Department of Defense wants to digitally connect Army, Air Force and Navy units to improve intelligence sharing and response to foreign aggression.

By receiving, analyzing and disseminating information more quickly, defense officials hope to outmaneuver and outmaneuver future tech-savvy adversaries. Lawmakers have pushed the Defense Department to prioritize long-range networking and information transmission needs in the Indo-Pacific, where the U.S. may clash with China.

“When you start aggregating the data, in addition to artificial intelligence, you can start to see the forest from the trees a little bit on things that competitors might be doing,” Strohmeyer said. “As we bring these data sets together, we start to really get insights that we didn’t know were there in the first place, without having to build new programs, without having to invest in new things.”

The Defense Department’s multibillion-dollar connectivity campaign comes as China pursues its own version – or a countermeasure – known as multi-domain precision warfare.

The MDPW construct relies on interlinked command and control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to rapidly coordinate firepower and expose foreign weaknesses, according to the China Military Power Report, which the Defense Department provides to Congress. Officials in Beijing have long sought an information-flowing force capable of dominating networks and bombing targets from a range of locations with a cocktail of weapons.

Craig Martell, the Defense Department’s chief of digital and artificial intelligence, told reporters Thursday that he took the job in part to solve complex problems like CJADC2 and give U.S. troops the tools they need to succeed. Martell was named CDAO in April 2022. He previously worked in machine learning at Lyft and served as associate chair of computer science at the Naval Postgraduate School.

“What is command and control in the age of Napoleon? You are a general standing on a hill, watching over your troops and sending messages to your generals. This was command and control,” he told reporters. “Now, command and control is highly digital with fast-flowing data so commanders can make strategic decisions and communicate results to people who can act quickly on decisions.”

“That’s what we want to create,” he added. “We want to be able to help.”

The Department of Defense’s fiscal 2024 budget proposal allocated $1.4 billion for CJADC2. Budget documents described the project as transformative in how combat is conducted, especially alongside other soldiers.

Deterring China’s increasingly global ambitions requires cooperation with other nations, including Australia, Japan and South Korea. A key element of CJADC2 is the mission-partner environment, where data can be collected, secured and distributed from a range of foreign sources.

“We are not going to be successful without our partners and allies,” Martell said. “Everything we’ve built, we’ve thought about how our partners and allies will play with us, fight with us, train with us, from the ground up.”

Colin Demarest is a reporter at C4ISRNET, where he covers military networks, cyber and IT. Colin previously covered the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration – specifically Cold War liquidation and nuclear weapons development – ​​for a daily newspaper in South Carolina. Colin is also an award winning photographer.

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