The military exploits non-kinetic effects for multi-domain operations in the Indo-Pacific

AUSA NEWS: Army harnesses non-kinetic effects for multi-domain operations in the Indo-Pacific

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WASHINGTON DC-As Department of Defense efforts focus on deterrence and threat elimination in the Indo-Pacific, the military is assisting the Joint Force by operationalizing long-range non-kinetic effects in the region, an official said. senior official on October 12.

Multi-Domain Task Forces, or MDTFs, are specialized in-theatre Army units designed to employ a range of long-range precision effects against an adversary’s anti-access/area-denial networks, a said Brig. Gen. Bernard Harrington, commander of the 1st Multi-Service Area Task Force.

The purpose of the task forces is to use non-kinetic capabilities — such as cyber, electronic warfare, intelligence and long-range fire — to augment the Joint Force’s existing lethal capabilities, he said. said during a panel discussion at the annual Association of the United States. Army Conference in Washington, D.C.

Operating in small units, each MDTF is assigned to a specific theater and employs capabilities tailored to the threats in that region, he said.

Each task force supports the Army’s new commitment to conduct operations in all domains – including air, land, sea, space and cyber – as outlined in the service’s new operational doctrine, Field Manual 3.0, Harrington said.

“Although we are an army unit…we support this joint force commander as he or she tries to execute the neutralization of this network and gain access to this area,” he said. .

In order to neutralize threats, task forces use intelligence information to determine the best ways to disconnect an adversary from their anti-access/area-denial networks and prevent them from completing any missions, Harrington explained.

The MDTF will then use non-kinetic effects to “electromagnetically isolate” threats, giving joint force commanders the ability to conduct a kinetic attack against the vulnerable threat, he said.

Task groups can also employ kinetic capabilities themselves, including the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, as well as the Medium Range Capability Battery and Hypersonic Long Range Weapon at the future, Harringon said.

“We are able to superimpose kinetic effects onto a potentially electromagnetically isolated adversary,” he said. “What we finally have then [give] this joint force commander has options on how to potentially neutralize this target.

The Army currently has three multi-domain task forces operational, with the most recent unit opening in September at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. With the first MDTF established in 2017 at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington, the new task force will focus on threats posed in the Indo-Pacific, said Col. David Zinn, commander of the third MDTF.

The second multi-domain task force was stationed in 2021 in Germany to support the US military in Europe and Africa.

Zinn likened the multi-domain task forces’ relationship to the joint force to “a collection of archers and a quiver of arrows.”

“Navy archers have Navy arrows, and they can choose those arrows. And then Air Force archers will have Air Force arrows in that quiver,” he said. “So while we bring our extra arrows to the quiver, that’s the extra ability. And then our arrows have different abilities, and that’s the extra ability that we bring.

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