Defeating Adversary A2AD: Merging Domains at the Water’s Edge

  • Lieutenant Colonel Pete McAleer

The proliferation of advanced anti-access and area denial weapons systems (A2AD) creates a significant threat to U.S. Joint Forces operating in the global commons. Current joint doctrine is insufficient for preparing the Joint Force to operate in an A2AD environment. The military’s Joint Concept for Access and Maneuver in the Global Commons (JAM-GC) and The Air-Sea Battle Concept, developed to counter A2AD threats, establishes assumptions about the operating environment but does little to manage the risk inherent with the assumptions. Changes in joint force command and control, training and operations, and interoperability and equipment procurement must be made to fully develop an effective doctrine for countering A2AD threats. Without the recommended changes, the U.S. joint force will not be able to ensure the accomplishment of national objectives.