The Human Dimension: Domain or Warfighting Function?

  • Lieutenant Colonel Steven Kyle Jones

The Army faces a significant challenge – how to best apply strategic landpower? The Army’s Irregular Warfare Fusion Center posits that strategic landpower should “shape conditions in the operational environment that influence unified action partners and deter adversaries in order to provide our country with an unsurpassed capability across the range of military operations.” Is the way ahead to define a new domain of conflict? On the other hand, is the Army better served to look inward and identify an organizational change to distribute skills across its forces to influence and shape the environment, to realign the staff to define/plan/assess the effects, or possibly create a new warfighting function to achieve the effects of influencing and shaping operations?