Multi-domain operations: Like bringing Waze to the battlefield

In about a month?s time, the U.S. Air Force will host the first demonstration of its Advanced Battle Management System ? the networking concept that will serve as the technological backbone of the military?s shift to an advanced way of seeing the battlefield.

Through multi-domain operations, the military services aim to link together air, sea, land, space, cyber and information assets to better identify and eliminate threats. And while the idea could leave to revolutionary jump forward in awareness and information sharing for warfighters, the technology necessary to achieve it isn?t at all revolutionary, said Will Roper, Air Force?s assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics.

?We?ll connect F-22s, F-35s, SpaceX Starlink satellites, Navy ships, Army soldiers,? Roper said at a recent Center for a New American Security discussion. ?We?re going to connect them in an internet-like style. What we?re really doing to enable multi-domain is finally building the internet in the Air Force. It?s all the stuff that you know. There are no show-stoppers here.?