Full-spectrum dominance

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Full-spectrum dominance is where a military structure achieves control over all elements of the battlespace using land, air, maritime, space, and cyber based assets.

Full spectrum dominance includes the physical battlespace; air, surface and sub-surface as well as the electromagnetic spectrum and information space. Control implies that freedom of opposition force assets to exploit the battlespace is wholly constrained.

US military doctrine[edit]

Officially known as full-spectrum superiority and defined by the U.S. military as:

The cumulative effect of dominance in the air, land, maritime, and space domains and information environment that permits the conduct of joint operations without effective opposition or prohibitive interference.[1]

The United States military's doctrine has espoused a strategic intent to be capable of achieving this state in a conflict, either alone or with allies[2] by defeating any adversary and controlling any situation across the range of military operations.

The stated intent implies significant investment in a range of capabilities; dominant maneuver, precision engagement, focused logistics, and full-dimensional protection.

Criticism[edit]

As early as 2005, the credibility of full-spectrum dominance as a practical strategic doctrine was dismissed by Professor Philip Taylor of the University of Leeds[3] an expert consultant to the US and UK governments on psychological operations, propaganda and diplomacy.

"It's true, though rarely recognized in the control-freakery world of the military, that full spectrum dominance is impossible in the global information environment."

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joint Publication 1-02, Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, 8 Nov 2010
  2. ^ Joint Vision 2020, U.S. Department of Defense
  3. ^ Template:Ite web

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