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Joint Vision 2020: America’s Military— Preparing for Tomorrow was published during the summer of 2000.  To set the stage for Joint Vision 2020, the Cold War had ended, the United States had suffered several setbacks which included the downing of Blackhawk helicopters in Mogadishu, Somalia and it was pre-9/11 and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were not on the horizon.

The CJCS Joint Vision 2020, then General Hugh Shelton, was to have “Dedicated individuals and innovative organizations transforming the joint force for the 21st century to achieve full spectrum dominance:

  • Persuasive in peace
  • Decisive in war
  • Preeminent in any form of conflict

One of the main points I found quite well written, predictive, and timeless in Joint Vision 2020 was:

“potential adversaries will have access to the global commercial industrial base and much of the same technology as the U.S. military. We will not necessarily sustain a wide technological advantage over our adversaries in all areas. Increased availability of commercial satellites, digital communications, and the public Internet all give adversaries new capabilities at a relatively low cost. We should not expect opponents in 2020 to fight with strictly industrial age tools. Our advantage must therefore come from leaders, people, doctrine, organizations, and training that enable us to take advantage of technology to achieve superior warfighting effectiveness.”

Joint Vision 2020 also brings Full Spectrum Dominance into the doctrine vocabulary of the U.S. Military:

Full Spectrum Dominance is the ability to “conduct prompt, sustained, and synchronized operations with combinations of forces tailored to specific situations and with access to and freedom to operate in all domains— land, sea, air, space, and information.”

You can infer that the recognized information domain has now been relabeled as Cyberspace, or the Cyber domain.  However the name change does not negate or change the importance of the domain.  Yet it appears that with a shorter name, all of five letters, the marketing is easier and the flock of the “general populace” to solve the issues within somewhat clouds the major issues we are struggling with in the domain.  Rather the focus has become who should lead the effort.

Full Spectrum Dominance is then supported by:

While the U.S. will continue to focus on the Conduct of Joint Operations through focusing upon:

  • People
  • Interoperability
  • Multinational Operations
  • Interagency Operations
  • Operational Concepts backed by dominant maneuver
  • Precision Engagement
  • Focused Logistics
  • Full Dimensional Protection
  • Information Operations
  • Command and Control (C2)

It is interesting to see what remains valid today, in Joint Vision 2020, even after the U.S. shifted its focus from this document to respond to 9/11 and fight through wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  It is also interesting to see entities resuming its focus on Information Superiority and Innovation.

Don’t forget to watch the current CJCS’s 2012 Commencement address at Norwich on living an Uncommon Life.


[Joint Vision 2020Joint Forces Quarterly (JFQ) via DTIC]

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One of the great debates you may participate in as an acknowledged Geek is the Star Wars vs. Star Trek battle for supremacy.  This “WHAT FORCES SHAPE YOU?” Exhibition continues the battle for the Star Wars Empire.  I really enjoy the collage of components of the series creating an excellent portrait of some of the most recognized characters.

Check out how awesome Yoda looks in this example of one of the exhibit pieces  Such a great fusion of recognizable imagery and character.  There are several others which include a Storm Trooper, Boba Fett, Queen Amidala, C-3PO, and of course Darth Vader.  I’ve talked a bit about how to maximize your Star Wars Geekery before but this one is the current leader in awesomeness.

I just hope that the Exhibit does so well that it is able to head to the U.S. from our Canadian neighbors who share this significant Geekery enjoyment.

[via Star Wars Identities and Bleublancrouge]



The requirement was to save $487 billion over the next decade or $259 billion over the next five years. The Defense Department released their Budget Priorites yesterday and a slew of comments, opinions, and reevaluation requests immediately arose.

This reaction is normal. It is the human response ultimately to change. We feel threatened by that which we do not know; in this case it is the future. What will my job be tomorrow if I was working on the Northrop Grumman Global Hawk Block 30 Program? This is a significant issue both due to the job market and financial crisis the United States has been experiencing.  The Defense Industrial Base is extremely important but it should also understand that the DoD cannot build everything it always desires.  One might consider asking was there really a reason for two separate Services (USAF and USN) to have this program?  There could have been decent reasons; but now those reasons thus the basis for two programs is gone.

If you look at Death and Taxes you’ll understand that in any democracy there must be balance.  You’ll also see that there must be a significant adjustment by the Defense Sector in order to both solve the debt crisis and place dollars in strategic locations.  Traditionally we do a bad job of cancelling things that we really don’t need or have let go well beyond their usefulness.  Some of the initiatives everyone is responsible for assisting and enforcing to ensure more efficient Defense dollars are:

  • More skillful contracting practices to increase competition, reduce costs, and increase buying power
  • Better use of information technology
  • Better use of business and enterprise systems
  • Streamlined staff
  • Limitations on official travel
  • Better inventory management
  • Reductions in contract services
  • Deferral of some military construction to align our facilities more closely with the size and posture of our future force
  • Reductions in planned civilian pay raises

The Budget Priorities goes on to layout the entire plan for the next 5 and 10 years.  The interesting part of a document of this magnitude is that it has enemies both Foreign and Domestic.  The goals must be achieved and the country protected.


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