Gen. David Goldfein, U.S. Air Force chief of staff, said the U.S. military must shift its hardware-focused purchasing approach to one that emphasizes more on software, he wrote in a commentary posted Friday on Defense News.
Goldfein noted the importance of software in connecting mission systems across land, sea, air, space and cyber domains in the modern, multidomain battlefield. Multidomain operations rely on software systems that integrate data and support decision-making efforts of commanders, he said.
The general also stated that commanders would need fortified versions of navigational mobile apps, such as Google Maps, to gain real-time information about enemy locations across multiple domains. The U.S. military would offer American industry the opportunity to aid in creating a network and multiple software that would link multidomain weapons together in one integrated system.