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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brig. Gen. James R. Cluff, USAF, has been assigned deputy director for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
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.
Maj. Gen. Glen D. Vanherck, USAF, has been assigned as vice director, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
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.
Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., USMC, has been nominated for assignment as director, Joint Staff.
Rear Adm. Michael J. Dumont, USN, will be assigned as vice director, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
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.
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
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.
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.
Brig. Gen. Kyle J. Kremer, USAF, has been assigned as director, manpower and personnel, J-1, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
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.
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.
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.
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.
James H. Baker has been assigned principal deputy director for strategic plans and policy, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
Lt. Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, USA, has been nominated for assignment as director, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
Johnny A. Weida has been assigned vice director for operational plans and joint force development, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
Maj. Gen. Craig A. Franklin, USAF, has been assigned as vice director, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
Brig. Gen. Frederick B. Hodges, USA, has been assigned as director, Pakistan/Afghanistan Coordination Cell, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.