From the perspective of how the United States would fight in conflict, the allies will have access to a “battle cloud” for information, according to a senior US general.
Under the Pentagon’s plan, dubbed the “Extended Maneuver,” Allied soldiers could use biometrics – like fingerprints – to access US data during a conflict. The system would share data between all forces and be safe from hacking.
The plan could be in place by 2030, Joint Chiefs vice chairman Gen. John Hyten said this week.
“Even our closest allies, they cannot access our secret base system, SIPRNET,” Hyten said at the National Defense Industry Association’s Emerging Technologies Institute launch event on Monday, reported FCW.
“Friends are our biggest advantage, but not being able to take full advantage of them… is just not true,” he added. “Data must flow everywhere”.
The change came after the United States suffered a crushing loss in a wargame last year.
The simulation involved a hypothetical battle between the United States and China over Taiwan. At the start of the fiscal year, the United States lost access to its information systems.
“What happens if this information is not available from the start? And that’s the big problem we faced, ”Hyten said.
The United States has “failed miserably” in a war games exercise in 2020, reinforcing the Pentagon’s need for modernization. Above, American soldiers during a military operation
“Without exaggerating the problem, he failed miserably. “
“An aggressive red team that has been studying the United States for 20 years has just surrounded us. They knew exactly what we were going to do before we did it.
As a result of the simulation, which involved hundreds of high-ranking military personnel, the United States will fundamentally change its guiding principles, the Telegraph reported.
“We basically attempted an information dominance structure, where information was ubiquitous in our forces,” Hyten said according to Defense One.
By 2030, Allied soldiers are expected to be able to access US military information during conflict using biometrics. Above, the Ministry of Defense building in London
“As it was in the first Gulf War, just like the last 20 years, like everyone in the world, including China and Russia, has seen us do it for the past 30 years. ”
But the old tactics weren’t enough.
Hyten issued four directives to the armed services earlier this month, including plans to use rockets to bring cargo in and out of battlefields and the use of a “virtual aggregation” of mass fires to operate from different locations.
“We always come together to fight and we come together to survive. But in today’s world, with hypersonic missiles, with big long range fire coming from all fields, if you are aggregated and everyone knows where you are, you are vulnerable, ”said Hyten.