The Defense Information Systems Agency increased its involvement in preparing the U.S. military for modern warfare by emphasizing emerging technologies and tracking advancements made by foreign adversaries.
The agency launched a comprehensive initiative to evaluate how it can help service members operate in an all-domain, trans-regional fight, Army Lt. Col. Blair Sawyer, chief of plans at DISA, said in statement Tuesday.
“Continuously advancing technologies have signaled a paradigm shift in how battles and future wars are fought and won,” he said. “We have to shift with them.”
The agency is also working on four major planning efforts for two combatant commands, Sawyer said. He noted that the planning process at DISA uses a global approach instead of focusing on a specific theater so as to better address challenges posed by potential threats from China, Russia, North Korea, Iran and extremist groups.
“DISA has largely provided analysis and products to support the new globally integrated campaign and contingency planning concept directed by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” he said.
Such plans are aligned with the joint force readiness requirements outlined in the 2018 National Defense Strategy and the Pentagon's Cyber Strategy, according to Navy Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, director of DISA and commander of the Joint Force Headquarters – DoD Information Network.