18 January 2012

JCS Releases Joint Operational Access Concept (JOAC)

And as near as we can tell, the Joint Operational Access Concept (JOAC) is not pronounced "joke".

The President and Secretary of Defense’s strategic guidance for our Joint Force is clear – we will answer our nation’s call and sustain the trust of the American people amidst a rapidly changing security environment. As we shape the Joint Force of the future in this increasingly complex and competitive world, gaining access to the right place at the right time presents an ever more pressing challenge.

So today I released the Joint Operational Access Concept (JOAC). This framework describes how we will gain entry and maintain access anywhere and in any domain: land, air, space, sea, and cyber. No matter how formidable our forces, if we are unable to bring our capabilities to bear in any of these domains, we may not be able to complete the mission or meet our nation’s needs. Our adversaries know this as well.

Accordingly, the JOAC outlines how we will confront emerging Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) threats by state and non-state enemies across the globe. A2/AD is not new, but it is a defining characteristic of today’s operational environment. Confronting this challenge will require more integration—across all domains and at all echelons—than ever before.

Pull down the PDF here.

By: Brant

1 comment:

besilarius said...

Acronyms can be very confusing.
Before World War II, the Chief of the Navy's title was Commander in Chief, US Fleet.
This was pronounced as "Sinkus".