The key to a new American way of war is not a platform or a weapons system. It is a network: the Joint All Domain Command and Control System (JADC2). It is intended to be a single integrated enterprise-wide network utilizing advanced cloud capabilities to enable seamless sensor-to-shooter integration. JADC2 will be designed to support a new data-centric approach to operating U.S. forces. To be effective, JADC2 will need an enterprise-wide cloud capability that seamlessly moves data from the highest headquarters in the continental United States (CONUS) to the tactical edge. The Pentagon wants a “federated” cloud system involving multiple cloud providers and contracts. But that will take time to set up. If JADC2 going to be successful, the Pentagon needs to get a Department-spanning cloud capability into the mix now and evolve from there. Only one cloud contract, milCloud 2.0, offers that capability now. I have written more on this subject here.
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