McAleese & Associates: Multidomain Operations Approach Charts Path for Air Force Capability Tradeoffs

Jeff Brody
Jim McAleese

A new McAleese & Associates report offers key takeaways from the recent presentation by Gen. David Goldfein, chief of staff at the U.S. Air Force and former Wash100 Award recipient, regarding the multidomain operations concept.

Jim McAleese, founder of McAleese & Associates and a 2019 Wash100 awardee, projects that MDO strategy will drive capability tradeoffs worth up to $5B per year in the service branch's program objective memorandum for fiscal 2021 through fiscal 2025.

McAleese noted the five-year POM includes funding allocation recommendations for nuclear weapons systems; "penetrating joint team" such as unmanned aerial system swarms; and logistics security measures.

“If we’ve done our jobs right as leaders organizing, training and equipping our service for multi-domain operations and selecting and developing the leaders needed for this future fight, our airmen will excel at multi-domain operations because we will have built it into every exercise scenario and war game,” Goldfein told audience at the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference held Tuesday.

Goldfein said he envisions the service branch using the MDO concept in efforts to "produce multiple dilemmas for our adversaries in a way that will overwhelm them."

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