Pentagon’s Secret JADC2 Plan Changed Suddenly

( Last March, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks signed off on a classified plan for Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2). And according to a Pentagon official, this plan is considered a “living document” that will undergo changes as advances are made and the spectrum of worldwide threats evolves.

Arsenio Gumahad, the director of the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance division in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (imagine that on your business card) said last week at the National Defense Industrial Association JADC2: All-Domain Warfare Symposium that the document signed by Hicks “will evolve; it’s a living document.”

He said the plan will be updated over its lifetime “to include lessons we’ve learned from both our developmental efforts as well as from those of our adversaries.”

Last month, the House Armed Services subcommittee on cyber and innovative technologies requested a review of the JADC2 along with inventories on its related efforts, goals, and potential shortfalls.

JADC2 is designed to give the United States a technical advantage over large-scale opponents like China and Russia. Its objective is to quickly link forces that could not previously communicate across land, air, sea, space, and cyber to provide informed responses to threats.

In his speech, Gumahad said the US is facing “a more complex security environment” after years of focusing on operations supporting the war on terror and violent extremism.

The implementation plan for JADC2 outlines avenues of action, milestones, and resource requirements. It focuses on who does what and when. Meanwhile, the strategy for JADC2 lays out the broader philosophy of the program. An 8-page summary of the strategy was released earlier this year.

According to Arsenio Gumahad, a newer version of the classified implementation plan is expected to be available once further updates are made.