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Tango0110 Mar 2018 11:51 a.m. PST

"Today's U.S. military professionals grew up in an era when their nation's forces enjoyed nearly unfettered freedom of action in every domain: on land, in space, and especially in the air and on the sea. However, American dominance can no longer be assumed. What is the United States to do? New operating concepts like Multi-Domain Battle (MDB) and Air-Sea Battle (ASB) support a future of synchronized "cross-domain fires and maneuver in all the domains to achieve physical, temporal and positional advantages." Unfortunately, MDB and ASB disagree on one key question: Should the United States re-assert dominance in every domain, at every place, for extensive periods of time, or should America precisely tailor dominance to domain, time, and place?

The American and French allies who fought in the American Revolution's climactic Yorktown campaign had to answer a similar question. They concluded that dominance need only occur in the precise domain, time, and place required to achieve lasting strategic effects. The result was stunning, total victory. It could be again…"
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