(C4ISA.net) Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein, the U.S. Air Force’s top general has made multidomain command and control one of his top priorities. Now he wants to see it become the Pentagon’s No. 1 technology development initiative.
Multidomain command and control (or MDC2) means connecting the platforms unable to directly share information. But the more advanced goal is to make all military assets interconnected so that — for example — a satellite can transfer information to a command-and-control platform, which then passes that data to a fighter jet, whose pilot is then cued to take a shot. MDC2 must transform from an Air Force-led initiative into an effort that includes the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, Goldfein said.
“Where I want this to land is with ownership in [the Office of the Secretary of Defense] to take this on as the No. 1 focus of the department on future war fighting,” Goldfein said. He called for all technologies to be pulled together. “Hypersonics are important. Artificial intelligence is important. Quantum computing is important. Directed energy is important. … But they’re all slices of the pie. They don’t do what you need them to do unless you pull it all together.”