Joint Staff

October 27, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Miter, USAF, a 274th Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller, controls aircraft during Exercise Bold Quest 20.2 at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, Indiana, in October 2020. Led by the Joint Staff, Bold Quest is a multinational exercise being used to demonstrate joint all-domain command and control capabilities.  U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Pfiester

The U.S. Defense Department is poised to advance its joint all-domain command and control (JADC2) vision with an array of major accomplishments in the coming months. Those achievements include the completion of an implementation plan, a practical demonstration of JADC2 capabilities, the fielding of initial technology and a series of briefings to allies.

July 29, 2021
 

Rear Adm. George M. Wikoff, USN, has been assigned as vice director, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

June 7, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The new strategy for Joint All-Domain Command and Control will bring together the “disparate communities within DoD to work together for a common cause,” says Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, USMC, director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber; and chief information officer, The Joint Staff (J-6), on Friday during a press conference at the Pentagon.

The U.S. military’s sweeping effort to build a common command and control system to unite warfighting across all domains—sea, land, air, space and cyberspace—now has a formal policy to guide its further development. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has officially signed off on the Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) strategy, reported Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, USMC, director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber; and chief information officer, The Joint Staff (J-6), on Friday during a press conference at the Pentagon.

March 3, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, USMC, director for Command, Control, Communications, and Computers/Cyber and chief information officer, the Joint Staff; J-6, pictured working at the Pentagon in December, sees allies and partners, and the associated Mission Partner Environment, as crucial aspects of joint all domain warfighting. Credit: Photo courtesy of The Joint Staff Public Affairs

The U.S. Department of Defense is progressing in its efforts to address how it will fight in a joint all-domain warfighting environment. At the center of that work is how to build a Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) platform, and one in which allies and partners can effectively communicate and operate as well, explained Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, USMC, director for Command, Control, Communications, and Computers/Cyber and chief information officer, the Joint Staff, J-6.

February 23, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The idea of a data fabric as a foundation for the use of algorithms and applications to process data at the speed of relevance is a key aspect of the Joint Staff’s Joint All Domain Command and Control framework. Credit: SergeyBitos

For the past few months, the Joint Staff’s J-6 leader and other officials have been drafting a plan of action for implementing the Defense Department’s Joint All Domain Command and Control, or JADC2, framework. The ability for all of the services to jointly conduct operations in space, air, sea, land and cyberspace simultaneously is seen as an essential way to succeed against near-peer adversaries. How data is organized, accessed, analyzed and dispersed in real time to decision makers is key to the success of JADC2 and is a core aspect of the developing strategy, said Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber; and chief information officer, Joint Staff; who is known as the J-6.

February 22, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Another way specific joint warfighting roles and missions could be defined is through the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, says Air Force Chief Gen. Charles Brown (c). Gen. Brown recently visited Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, with David Foskey (r), 573rd Manufacturing Squadron director and Georgia Congressman Austin Scott (l) for an update on the base’s propeller overhaul for the C-130, a key aircraft for joint warfighting. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton

With the U.S. military’s push to be able to operate across all warfighting domains—sea, air, land, space and cyberspace—simultaneously with all of the services, the allocation of combat roles presents a potential sticking point. Top leaders at the Pentagon’s Joint Staff are optimistic, however, that the designation of each service’s roles and missions in Joint All Domain Operations, or JADO, can be resolved through several processes. The Joint Warfighting Concept, the budgetary process and top-level discussions with officials from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), among other activities, will all help in that allocation decision-making.

January 12, 2021
 

Advanced Computer Learning Co. LLC,* Fayetteville, North Carolina, is being awarded an $8,207,152 single-award, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the development of curriculum material and the instruction on the use of unique networks in the Joint Staff Joint Tactical Operations Interface Training Program and the U.S. Message Text Formatting Training Program in support of the Joint Staff, Joint Interoperability Division at the Joint Multi-Tactical School. The contract will include an 11-month base ordering period with an additional three consecutive one-year ordering period options, which if exercised, will bring the total value to $33,207,839.

December 2, 2020
By George I. Seffers
A Marine uses a radio during a field exercise at Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan, in 2017. A resilient network is a key component for the Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) concept. The Pentagon is developing a strategy to enable JADC2. Credit: Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Carl King

Pentagon officials are developing a strategy related to the joint all-domain command and control (JADC2) concept that should be delivered soon to the combatant commands, according to Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, USMC, the Joint Staff's chief information officer and director of command, control, communications and computers, also known as the J-6.

Gen. Crall made the comments during the AFCEA TechNet Cyber conference, a virtual event held December 1-3.

October 8, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
U.S. Air Force Airmen monitor computers in support of the Advanced Battle Management System Onramp 2 exercise. Multiple exercises took place this fall to prove some of the initial concepts of joint warfighting across all domains. Credit: Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hernandez

The U.S. military is rapidly pursuing Joint All-Domain Command and Control to confront near-peer adversaries, including China and Russia. Innovative computing, software and advanced data processing, as well as emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud and 5G communications, will be needed. Leaders also understand they must shed some of the military’s old practices to succeed.

June 18, 2020
 

AV3 Inc., Mechanicsville, Maryland, is awarded a $9,770,558 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract procures the audio and visual video teleconference equipment for the integration of specialized network video teleconference systems in support of the integrated command, control and intelligence divisions of the Joint Staff and combatant commanders, Department of Defense agencies and services, and Department of Homeland Security operational and support components.  Work will be performed in Mechanicsville, Maryland, and supports the command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Work is expected to be complete by June 2022.

November 5, 2019
 

Brig. Gen. James R. Cluff, USAF, has been assigned deputy director for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

October 8, 2019
 

Lt. Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, USAF, has been assigned as director, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

April 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
In preparation for the NATO Trident Juncture 18 exercise, a British Army convoy enters Malmo, Sweden in October after crossing the Oresund Bridge that connects to Denmark. Shared classified “federated” networks used during such exercises are a key allied tool, says Col. Jenniffer Minks, USAF (Ret.), coalition interoperability division chief, Deputy Directorate for Cyber and C4 Integration, Joint Staff J-6. Photo courtesy of NATO

The requirement to partner with allied nations and share a classified network will only grow in the coming years, leaders say. In combined exercises, engagements or missions, coalition partners need to be able to connect digitally to share communications, resources and information to strengthen defenses and partnerships. At the Pentagon, the Joint Staff is working to improve coalition systems and how the U.S. can connect securely to those networks outside of the national networks, one expert shares.

December 13, 2018
 

Maj. Gen. Glen D. Vanherck, USAF, has been assigned as vice director, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

July 23, 2018
 

Brig. Gen. Douglas A. Sims II, USA, has been assigned as deputy director for regional operations and force management, J-35, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

October 17, 2017
 

Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., USMC, has been nominated for assignment as director, Joint Staff.

August 17, 2017
 

Rear Adm. Michael J. Dumont, USN, will be assigned as vice director, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

September 20, 2016
 

Brig. Gen. James C. Dawkins Jr., USAF, has been selected to the grade of major general and assigned as deputy director for Nuclear, Homeland Defense and Current Operations, J-33, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

August 24, 2016
 

Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia (N00189-16-D-Z039); Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida (N00189-16-D-Z040); Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Virginia (N00189-16-D-Z041); Leidos Inc., Reston, Virginia (N00189-16-D-Z042); and Deloitte Consulting LLP, Arlington, Virginia (N00189-16-D-Z043), are being awarded a combined estimated $155,770,425 multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price task orders contract to obtain analytical, engineering a

August 3, 2016
 

Maj. Gen. Phillip M. Churn, USAR, has been assigned as assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Reserve Matters, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. 

July 29, 2016
 

Brig. Gen. Albert M. Elton II, USAF, has been selected to the grade of major general and assigned as deputy director for special operations, counterterrorism, J-37, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

July 19, 2016
 

Brig. Gen. Kyle J. Kremer, USAF, has been assigned as director, manpower and personnel, J-1, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

July 19, 2016
 

Col. Alexus G. Grynkewich, USAF, has been selected to the grade of brigadier general and assigned as vice deputy director for nuclear, homeland defense, current operations, J-33, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

June 9, 2016
 

Brig. Gen. Thomas E. Murphy, USAF, has been assigned as deputy director for command, control, communications and computers/cyber, J-6, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

October 2, 2014
 

Col. Paul T. Calvert, USA, has been assigned as deputy director for Operations, National Joint Operations Intelligence Center, Operations Team-1, J-3, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

September 23, 2014
 

Capt. Ross A. Myers, USN, has been selected for the rank of rear admiral and will be assigned as deputy director for Nuclear, Homeland Defense and Current Operations, J-33, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. 

 

Maj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim, USA, has been assigned as vice director, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

 

Col. Curtis L. Williams, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general and assignment as assistant deputy director, Politico-Military Affairs for Africa, Joint Staff, J-5, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

 

Brig. Gen. Maryanne Miller, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general and assignment as deputy director for partnership strategy, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

February 1, 2012
By Henry Kenyon

James H. Baker has been assigned principal deputy director for strategic plans and policy, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

January 27, 2012
By Henry Kenyon

Lt. Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, USA, has been nominated for assignment as director, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

May 25, 2011
By Henry Kenyon

Johnny A. Weida has been assigned vice director for operational plans and joint force development, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

November 23, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Maj. Gen. Craig A. Franklin, USAF, has been assigned as vice director, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

November 18, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Brig. Gen. Frederick B. Hodges, USA, has been assigned as director, Pakistan/Afghanistan Coordination Cell, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

August 30, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Brig. Gen. Patrick M. Higgins, USA, has been assigned as deputy director, requirements, J-8, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.