Beyond Coast Artillery: Cross-Domain Denial and the Army

This backgrounder argues that the Army should grow its incipient cross- domain denial capabilities into one of its “core competencies,” which the Army Operating Concept describes as “the Army’s strengths, strategic advantages, and essential contributions to the Joint Force.” Cross-domain denial has the potential to be all three. Alongside combined-arms maneuver, wide area security, special operations, and the Army’s other existing competencies, cross-domain denial would enable the Army to make yet another essential contribution to the Joint Force and to better support the policy goals and objectives of the Army and the nation. Combined with the capabilities possessed by the Army’s sister Services and international partners, it would enable the Army to help deter and, if necessary, prevail in a still wider spectrum of conflict.