The U.S. Military under U.S. President Donald J. Trump has evolved into a newer, more streamlined force capable of operating in smaller, more efficient units all across the globe and conducting operations within the five domains of space, air, land, sea and cyberspace.
The development of the Third Revolution of Military Affairs will ensure the U.S. and our allies remain protected against our enemies in the new digital and space domains as well as air, land and sea. To the point, it would counteract everything China has been progressing towards to oppose the U.S. Also, by integrating capabilities into single units, the agility of our forces and their responses can be so much swifter and more decisive in all types of battles.
“The Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) came about in the late 1980s and early 1990s with the introduction of smart weapons and more advanced technology to communicate and conduct reconnaissance and surveillance,” said Carlos Osweda, aka Thomas Wictor, the author of seven books and the world’s only expert on World War I flamethrowers.
“In around 2007, the Gulf Arabs and Israel created the Second Revolution in Military Affairs (2RMA) with the creation of strategic special-operations units. Before the 2RMA, special operations units were tactical assets. The Gulf Arabs and Israelis made them strategic.”
“Our allies are now well into the Third Revolution in Military Affairs (3RMA).”
In January 2019 the Army’s space, cyber and electronic warfare capabilities were united into a single Battalion, I2CEWS, at Joint Base Lewis McCord, WA which falls under the combined oversight of both U.S. Pacific Command and I Corps using the 17th Artillery Brigade as its core.
I2CEWS is composed of four companies each with a designated specialty: intelligence, information operations, cyber and electronic warfare and space and signal.
“The Electronic warfare section is expected to open windows of opportunity in the information environment. The long range sensing section will enable precision fires and support artillery, air and missile defense. The intelligence team will provide a nuanced understanding of the operating environment and drive both lethal and non-lethal operations,” I2CEWS Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Derek Bothern said when it was announced.
“It needs to be a joint enterprise,” Col. Joe Roller, who heads future operations, G35, for I Corps, also said at the time. “The Army will have the majority of seats in the MDTF, but we don’t necessarily have all the subject-matter expertise to combine all of those areas together.”
The idea is to create a common and synergistic operational theater for all of the U.S. military services and allies to work within.
“One of the biggest unrecognized biases is the anchoring effect. Psychologist Daniel Kahneman states that the anchoring effect happens when people consider a value for an unknown quantity before estimating the quality.” Oswego referenced from the book Thinking Fast and Slow from Daniel Kahneman and also found in the article on the Joint Air & Space Power Conference 2019.
Therefore, leaders must first realize the characteristics of the space domain before they make an assessment on its value.
“It goes back to communication with our joint partners and our allies,” Col. Roller said, “and the infrastructure that’s required to create that communications network and shared understanding of the environment that we’re operating in.”
General Mark A. Milley, the 39th Army Chief of Staff, described the concept during a conference briefing in October 2019. He said that the task force is “a relatively small organization … 1,500 or so troops. That organization will be capable of space, cyber, maritime, air and ground warfare. So smaller dispersed, very agile, very nimble organizations–that are networked into other lethal systems that are delivered by either air or maritime forces–will be essential to rip apart the A2/AD networks.”
At the same conference, Major General William K. Gayler, commander of the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, said “Multi-Domain Operations will be helpful given that potential enemies have observed the US military’s strengths. Using their own technologies and tactics, those nations are seeking to overcome US advantages in the five domains: space, air, land, sea and cyberspace.”
General Gaylor said that the goal is to confront the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. China intends to “destroy, damage, and interfere with our reconnaissance … and communications satellites,” he said, “with systems, as well as navigation and early warning satellites, could be among the targets of attacks designed to ‘blind and deafen the enemy.”
Most analysts agree that China has the capability to launch weapons that threaten all U.S. space-based assets. Many military experts have argued that China will use this type of weapon early on in a conflict with the United States to degrade capabilities, such as GPS, that are dependent on space-based assets.
China has also developed and acquired a direct-ascent ASAT — missiles designed to strike mobile platforms at sea; a robust cyber force; and space-based assets. They have invested in electronic warfare/jamming assets designed to degrade adversaries’ GPS and satellite communications and ground-based facilities.
In 2021, the Army plans to establish a second stand-alone MDTF in Europe that will merge the 41st FA Brigade with an I2CEWS element. The following year, a third task force, which is yet to be determined, will stand up in the Pacific, according to an Army press release from October 2019.
“‘When we say MDO [Multi Domain Operations] in 2028, ultimately you won’t have individual MDTFs,’ said Lt. Gen. Eric Wesley of Army Futures Command. ‘You’ll have these capabilities at echelon throughout the entire theater.'”
“That means that even company commanders will need to be thinking in all domains and working in a nimble way with data, cloud computing and a combination of sensors, nodes, networks and firing platforms across all of the services and partner nations, he said.”
“These capabilities won’t stop at the company level. They’ll go all the way down to INDIVIDUAL GROUND TROOPS. That’s what the Gulf Arabs have done. One-man armies. Our artillery will have a range of over 1000 miles,” said Osweda.
As I've said for years, follow military issues to understand what's really going on.@realDonaldTrump has DEFINITELY brought us into the Third Revolution in Military Affairs (3RMA).
This video is very important.https://t.co/AVoTtqx3R5
— Carlos Osweda (@COsweda) September 28, 2020