Navy’s Information Dominance 2013-2028

In March, 2013, The Navy released Information Dominance Roadmap 2013-2028 outlining the challenges for operating in the information environment over the next 15 years. “The continued spread of low-cost high-technology information systems could soon present the U.S. with an array of technological peers in a relatively short period of time.”[1] The purpose of this document is to summarize the operating and information environments expected during the 2013-2028 timeframe and depict the Navy’s required future Information Dominance capabilities. This document looks at and expands to near-term goals and objects, looking to the 2013-2017 timeframe; however, it focuses more on the long-term planning aspects necessitated by the anticipated changes to the information environment. This is an excellent companion piece to the recent posting of the JIOWC’s IO 2020 white paper.

JIOWC IO 2020 White Paper

Note: This paper was updated on 6 May 2013 and re-posted on 20 May 2013 based on feedback from various readers.Thank you to the community for your help in this very important topic.

The JIOWC has produced a draft white paper which envisions the information environment (IE) and how IO will be employed in 2020.   Its purpose is to foster a shared vision for building the future joint IO force as the Quadrennial Defense Review process gets underway.  An appendix which accompanies the paper identifies doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel and facilities (DOTML-PF) changes to be implemented in the near- and mid-term in order to achieve the vision. The ideas expressed therein reflect discussions held during the 2012 IO Force Development Summit and subsequent reflection by community members. These draft documents do not necessarily reflect the views of the JIOWC, Joint Staff, or OSD.  Rather they are provided for informal review and comment within the larger IO community.  We welcome others’ additional insights or alternative views. Download the white paper and appendix from this location.

Comments to the white paper may be posted to this blog entry or e-mailed directly to the POC. POC for IO 2020 is JIOWC/J55, Mr. Roger Gaebel, CTR; DSN:  969-4666, e-mail:

USSOUTHCOM Posture Statement

General John F. Kelly, United States Marine Corps, Commander, United States Southern Command presented USSOUTHCOMs posture statement to Congress on 20 March 2013. This was an overall health of the force for USSOUTHCOM and resource shortages were again a topic of interest. Gen. Kelly did have a couple of highlights related to IO:

Highlights include his concern over the expanding influence of countries external to the Western Hemisphere and the transnational challenges it presents (Pgs 14-15).

The commander also notes impact of sequestration on IO (pg 5).  Written testimony also references SOUTHCOM components’ IO contributions (Pg 30 and 40).

The posture statement can be accessed here.

House Armed Services Committee helps shape QDR 2014

The House Armed Services Committee, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee,  held a hearing  on 26 Feb to help shape QDR 2014.  The subcommittee invited three witnesses who were involved in previous QDRs to provide insights into key issues which should be addressed in the next defense review.

Their testimony which includes historical overview of the process and suggested focus areas can be found at the link below.  Noteworthy are the witnesses’ views the extent to which non-kinetic capabilities may play as senior decision makers attempt to weigh and balance strategic risk and the costs of building and sustaining the future force.

The written witness biographies and statements from the three witnesses as well as the opening remarks from the committee chair can be found here.

USCENTCOM Posture Statement

On 6 March, 2013, Gen James Mathis, Commander USCENTCOM, presented the CENTCOM posture statement to congress. These statements are presented annually by the various combatant commands to congress to show how their forces are postured to meet national security needs. This provides commanders the opportunity to inform congress of the challenges present within their Area of Operations and what measures they take to meet those challenges. Posture statements also present an opportunity to tell congress any resource shortfalls they may have in carrying out their mission.

The USCENTCOM posture statement does a good job of showing the challenges and opportunities in the region with regard to US efforts and what USCENTCOM is doing to meet their obligations. This statement also recognizes current fiscal realities and demonstrates their expectations that they will not have the same level of resources that they once had. That said, one area that Gen Mathis would like to see funded is strategic communications and information operations. He finds these programs to be “relatively inexpensive activities [that] support interagency efforts to counter violent extremist ideology and diminish the drivers of violence that Al Qaeda and other terrorists exploit. To make this supportable across the Defense enterprise requires an enduring funding mechanism that DOD and our partners can rely on.” The discussion on strategic communications and information operations can be found beginning on page 26 of the posture statement, which can be downloaded below.

If you would like to view other posture statements released to this point, you can find them at: