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Maj. Gen. Michael Fantini, Lt. Col. Jake Sotiriadis: US Military Needs to Address ‘Digital Connection Deficit’

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Maj. Gen. Michael Fantini and Lt. Col. Jake Sotiriadis of the U.S. Air Force wrote in a commentary piece published Monday on Defense News that the U.S. military should address its “digital connection deficit” to achieve the decision advantage needed to win against potential adversaries.

“Decision advantage — or what I would call the collection, interpretation and use of information required to win in tomorrow’s conflicts — will default to the side that is most connected across all domains — air, land, sea, space and cyberspace,” they wrote.

Fantini and Sotiriadis discussed how the Advanced Battle Management System could help warfighters compete in the digital information age and stressed the importance of having a digitally connected joint force.

They also cited how the Joint All-Domain Command and Control operating concept could facilitate the use of decision advantage to win against rivals.

“JADC2 will leverage machine-learning algorithms to sift and fuse massive amounts of information and employ real-time edge processing from the battlefield to target according to commanders’ priorities,” Fantini and Sotiriadis wrote “Doing so will allow joint and combined forces to distribute access to information more widely, empowering commanders at all echelons with decision advantage at every level.”