Defining Multi-Domain Operations – Maneuver Center of Excellence in the Vanguard

September 30, 2019

With the publication of TRADOC Pamphlet 525-3-1, The US Army in Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) 2028, 6 Dec 2018, The Army has taken a major step in describing the future fight against a pacing threat and the role of echelons above brigade headquarters specifically, Theater Army, Field Army, Corps, and Division.  This document provides a blueprint for future doctrinal and training updates as well as the path forward for the Army’s modernization priorities: long-range precision fires, next generation combat vehicle, future vertical lift, the network, precision navigation and timing, air and missile defense, soldier lethality, and the synthetic training environment. Cross functional teams have been established to truncate procurement of materiel solutions and the Army is well on its way to realizing modernization priorities.

Multi-Domain Operations Played a Major Role in Defining the Six Army Priorities

The Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) has been in the vanguard of these Army-wide modernization efforts.  Prior to the publication of TRADOC Pam 525-3-1, the MCoE Capabilities Development Integration Directorate (CDID) published TRADOC Pamphlet 525-3-6, The US Army Functional Concept for Movement and Maneuver, 2020-40, Feb 2017.  This forward-looking document introduced the concept of cross domain maneuver and articulated how future battles will be fought on the land, air, maritime, space and cyberspace domains, using lethal and non-lethal effects. The concept also described how brigade combat teams would conduct MDO.

Cross Functional Teams Established to Address Those Priorities

The MCoE CDID has been uniquely postured to provide fidelity to the MDO Concept through the production of operational concepts with its Concept Developments Division, modeling and simulations with its Maneuver Battle Laboratory, requirements generation through its Soldier Requirements, Mounted Requirements, and Robotics Requirements Divisions.  Additionally, the Infantry, Stryker, Armored Brigade Combat Team (BCT) and Security Force Assistance Brigade Capability Managers provide the required brigade level integration across the domains of doctrine, organizations, training, materiel, leader development, personnel, and facilities. The Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team is also located at the MCoE and under the direction of the Infantry Commandant works closely with all CDID divisions.

Multi-Domain Operations: A Focus for Army Futures Command

TRADOC Pam 525-3-1 is critical because it defines the role of echelons above brigade and what must be done to provide BCTs the necessary support to win on future battlefields.  It also defines required capabilities for future Army forces. The MCoE’s CDID continues to define the role for the tip of the spear – the Brigade Combat Teams.

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