The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce the latest installment in its Mitchell Institute Policy Papers series, “Interdependent Warfare: Combined Effects Power in the 21st Century,” by Mitchell’s Dean, Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.).
Expanding on strategies and concepts Deptula has testified on before Congress, this latest analysis explores how the US and its allies must mature and rethink how they field modern military capabilities. The US has to evolve past the practices and constructs that define modern interoperable combined arms warfare and embrace “interdependent warfare.”
Today, around the world, the US and its allies face a number of threats and potential adversaries that are modernizing their militaries with tools designed to thwart the combat advantages the US has honed since the end of Operation Desert Storm—rapid global power projection, low observability, precision strike, and a globe-spanning intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance and command and control network. It would be “foolhardy to assume US forces will be afforded freedom of action in future engagements,” Deptula writes, and thus the strategies of the US and its allies must adapt.