Military Capabilities

Pentagon budget 2021: Increased investment in JADC2 development requested by USAF, Pentagon

24 February 2020

US Air Force (USAF) officials have requested millions of development dollars to stand up a new joint command-and-control (C2) system, which is designed to be the consolidated C2 backbone for manned and unmanned platforms across all combat domains, according to the air service's fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget proposal.

The networked Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) system, as envisioned, would enable US commanders to connect any sensor pod or platform to any weapon system, regardless of domain.

The air force has teamed with the Department of Defense's JADC2 Cross Functional Team (CFT), led by the Joint Staff's Chief Information Officer, Air Force Lieutenant General Bradford Shwedo, and Pentagon Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy "to deliver JADC2 capabilities" for US combat units, the Pentagon's FY 2021 budget documents said.

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