Warfare today occurs through multiple domains simultaneously with global reach. The scope and scale of future wars will likely only grow, and it can help to face changes with improved military interoperability.
Militaries are frequently composed of services within their sphere of operations and a self-contained combat capability with a fair bit of overlap. Disjointed services can lead to duplicative efforts, disagreement over strategy, and functional stovepipes. One-way militaries can support the creation of unified commands while avoiding potential pitfalls is by creating unified commands around resilient operations.
Developing resilient operations can take many forms, but a few key elements are essential regardless of format:
To reorganize around resilient operations and enable the creation of unified commands, militaries should have a rigorous, articulated, and empirically tested framework that can establish joint culture and processes around a shared mission. What is required is a new joint doctrine to provide a common approach. Becoming a more joint military isn’t just an intelligent thing to do; it’s necessary. Defense challenges today, and likely future challenges as well, necessitate a closely coordinated and organized military. Anything less than that, militaries will likely struggle against an ever-changing defense landscape. As long as defense challenges persist, so should a military’s pursuit of greater interoperability.