Army Wants MDO-capable Force by 2028

To better counter future threats and conflicts, the Army plans to field a multi-domain operations concept-capable force by 2028, a senior official said.

Today’s doctrine is based on two domains, air and land. But with the advances in science and technology, the Army now also has to counter adversaries in additional domains.

The MDO addresses this new era where conflict happens in multiple domains, according to Lt. Gen Eric J. Wesley, deputy commanding general of Army Futures Command and Army Futures Concept Center director. He spoke at last month’s Association of the U.S. Army's Global Force Symposium.

To get to that goal, the Army plans to unveil a revamped modernization strategy this year.

The new plan will look at Army doctrine, organization training, material, leadership and education, personnel, facilities and policy, Wesley said. It also includes six modernization priorities: Long-Range Precision Fires, Next-Generation Combat Vehicles, Future Vertical Lift, Army Network, Air and Missile Defense, and Soldier Lethality.

"I think we're postured better now than we have been in 30 or 40 years," Wesley said. "It remains to be seen whether we are diligent enough to execute it.”

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