Gen. David Goldfein: Multidomain Ops Concept to Alter ‘Character of Modern Warfare’

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David Goldfein

Gen. David Goldfein, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, said adopting a multi-domain operations approach that connects air, ground, maritime, space, information and cyber assets in an integrated system to detect and counter threats “will change the character of modern warfare,” the Air Force reported Thursday

“Where we are going is using dominance in one domain or many, blending a few capabilities or many, to produce multiple dilemmas for our adversaries in a way that will overwhelm them,” Goldfein said Thursday in his speech at the Air and Space Power Conference 2019 in London.

“Victory in combat will depend less on individual capabilities and more on the integrated strengths of a connected network of weapons, sensors and analytic tools. This is important because as air component commanders of the world, we are uniquely positioned to integrate capabilities and we are often the ones who must pull it all together,” he added.

Goldfein noted about the initiatives the service branch has implemented to advance the MDO concept, such as establishing a new officer career field and a “shadow” operations center at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

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