Envisioning the capabilities of the Army of the future
Lt. Gen. Eric Wesley, deputy commanding general of Army Futures Command, discusses the role that Multi-Domain Operations will play in warfighting, and how the Army is preparing for 21st century conflict.
The goal of Army Futures Command is to modernize the way that the Army fights its battles. While many of the command’s priorities are related to cutting edge tech and new weapons, some of them are strategic in nature. One of the key components of Futures Command’s mission is to prepare soldiers for Multi-Domain Operations. Lt. Gen. Eric Wesley, deputy commanding general of Army Futures Command, says that the concept is key to maintaining readiness in future conflicts.
“We have to be able to conduct operations with expeditionary forces in a very dynamic way. That includes contact forces that are forward, and blunt forces that are right in behind those contact forces, we leverage that in Multi-Domain Operations.” Wesley said. “The future of warfare is going to be very hyperactive and very lethal, with sensors that are ubiquitous, so the forces in-theater have to be very well-equipped to move fast and quickly.”
While building for the future, the Multi-Domain Operations plan is based on the world in the present. Wesley says that the multi-domain operations strategy is a direct response to how the United States’ competitors are posturing their forces.
“One of the key factors in MDO 2028 is this idea that our peers, China and Russia, have watched the way we fight over the last 30 years. And they’ve concluded that they want no part in close combat with the United States, our partners and our allies. What they’ve invested in is multiple layers of standoff,” Wesley told Government Matters. “It’s no surprise that the Chinese would invest in islands in the South China Sea, it’s no surprise that the Russians have invested in anti-access aerial denial tools… across Europe. Those are a means to create multiple layers of standoff to keep us at bay. MDO solves those problems.”