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History of US Army Operating Concepts and Implications for Multi-Domain Operations

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Technical Report,25 Jun 2018,23 May 2019

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U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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To prepare for the future, the US Army is pursuing Multi-Domain Operations MDO. MDO is more than a natural and logical evolution of previous Army Operating Concepts AOC it represents a departure, principally in the definition of the period of competition and the intended role of land power during competition. This monograph argues that adopting MDO as the AOC will likely achieve a decisive comparative military advantage in the land domain during armed conflict, but may not be effective in deterring or denying adversaries from countering US hegemony during the period of competition. The US Army has a mature and established framework to develop future concepts and transform to meet the requirements of the future. However, until the Joint Force integrates the concept into a cohesive and holistic method for waging war, MDO may not produce a truly multi-domain solution. Additionally, the United States must come to grips with the realities of the current and future environment, and decide how best to protect national interests in competition with adversaries such as Russia and China.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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