The rollout of NATO’s 2022 Strategic Concept update in The Madrid Summit in June, articulated well that we are living in a world where warfare spills from traditional kinetic activity into the space and cyberspace fields. The distinction between war and peace is no longer applicable, and the grey zone is filled with state, non-state and malign actors, and an increasing ability and willingness of belligerents to conduct activity that stops short of a conflict trigger event. National integration of forces and capabilities is no longer sufficient; an international integrated approach is needed across allies and partners to consistently improve understanding, enable sustained global reach, and create truly disruptive capabilities.
It is evident that an integrated force can only occur through culture, trained workforce, data, and technologies. The integrated force requires:
- an inclusive culture, where collaborative thinking is the default;
- a highly skilled, motivated and diverse workforce, trained to integrate by instinct with their military colleagues, government partners and international allies;
- standardised and organised data, available to decision makers at the pace of relevance and integrated technologies, ensuring commanders have a full range of capabilities to choose from, safe in the knowledge that any combination will work seamlessly together;
- a Digital Backbone at the heart of Multi-Domain Integration, enabling frictionless access to defence’s data, and connecting sensors, to decisions to effectors at all levels.
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