- A US lawmaker involved in defence issues wants better US Army involvement in the US Air Force's development of next-generation C2 capabilities
- He wants the air force to know what the army desires as opposed to thinking it knows what the land service wants
A US House Armed Services Committee (HASC) member is calling for better US Army involvement in development of the US Air Force's (USAF's) future advanced command-and-control (C2) technologies such as those being created for the air service's Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) and the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS).
"My concern is that when we have multidomain C2 that is going to be used, if the air force is going to develop it and the army is going to use it, then the army needs to be included in the development of the platform," representative Austin Scott of Georgia told Jane's on 13 March.
The USAF is developing the ABMS to be the service's internet of things (IoT) combat concept that will allow platforms from around the world to communicate with each other. The ABMS portfolio develops the digital infrastructure and tools required for the joint force to provide operationally relevant and fieldable capabilities in support of the National Defense Strategy (NDS).
The ABMS addresses gaps in interoperability and information sharing for air, land, sea, space, and cyber domains. The ABMS lines of effort accelerate the development, integration, transition, and fielding of technologies that enable JADC2.
Scott said he feels more assured that the US Army will be more involved in the development of these USAF C2 capabilities after speaking with the service's chief of staff, General David Goldfein. He added, however, that the USAF needs to develop future C2 systems and capabilities around what the US Army says it needs, as opposed to what the air force believes the army needs.
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