Short explanation of term ‘cross-domain maneuver’

In this Army News Service file photo, Soldiers with Company A, 113th Support Battalion and Battery B, 1st Battalion, 163rd Field Artillery, both units with the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, attach a package to a UH-60 Black Hawk during sling-load operations at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana, Thursday, July 20, 2017. An asset of the air domain providing support to an asset of the land domain would be an example of cross-domain maneuver. (Photo credit by Sgt. 1st Class David Bruce)

By Bryan Gatchell, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning Public Affairs

 

FORT BENNING, Ga. (Jan. 8, 2018) – The upcoming Maneuver Warfighter Conference at the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, Georgia, set to take place Jan. 8 through 11, will focus on Cross-Domain Maneuver.

The Army defines cross-domain maneuver as the “employment of mutually supporting lethal and nonlethal capabilities of multiple domains to create conditions designed to generate overmatch, present multiple dilemmas to the enemy, and enable joint force freedom of movement and action.”

The Army and the joint forces operate within five domains (land, maritime, air, space, and cyberspace), and cross-domain maneuver employs military capabilities in these domains simultaneously and cohesively.

One example of a cross-domain maneuver, as provided by The U.S. Army Functional Concept for Movement and Maneuver 2020-2040 (TRADOC Pamphlet 525-3-6) or TP 525-3-6, might be when ground forces provide surface-to-air fire to deny enemy forces freedom in the air domain. Then friendly aircraft can provide movement, fire, and reconnaissance in support back to land and maritime forces. Maritime forces can provide lift, sustainment, and ship-to-shore fire in support of the maneuvers, and land forces can support the movement in the maritime domain by defending the beaches.

Land, maritime and air forces can also leverage space and cyberspace capabilities to gain position, navigation and timing information on enemy forces, and to disrupt enemy communication.

Cross-domain maneuver are a component of the Movement and Maneuver Functional Concept, which is outlined in TP 525-3-6.

To learn more about the Movement and Maneuver Functional Concept or cross-domain maneuver, visit www.tradoc.army.mil/tpubs/pams/tp525-3-6.pdf.

For more TRADOC pamphlets, visit www.tradoc.army.mil/tpubs/pamndx.htm.

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