What is it? Joint interdependence is the meaningful reliance on other service and joint capabilities to maximize their complementary and reinforcing effects while minimizing service vulnerabilities. Each branch of the Armed Forces excels in a different domain - land, air, sea, space and cyber. Army Joint interdependence ensures that our systems are fully complementary with the other Services to generate a synergy that creates overwhelming dilemmas for opponents. Operational experience affirms a future that is irrefutably joint, and the Army conducts its transformation activities in terms of capabilities the Army can build to support the joint force commander.
What has the Army done? The Army´s transformation efforts are focused on Joint Capability Areas (JCAs) currently under development. Under Joint Staff lead, these JCAs are being developed by Functional Capability Boards, Combatant Commands, and the Supporting Services. JCAs are intended to provide a common capabilities language for use across Department of Defense (DoD) activities and processes. The Strategic Planning Guidance for 2006-2011 directed a Joint Force Capabilities Assessment to "identify and organize the capabilities required for the Defense Strategy." The resultant study identified 21 high-level JCA which were endorsed by the Secretary of Defense in May 2005, with direction to incorporate JCA language in future key defense documents. The Army's concept development and experimentation program continued to conduct combined investigations with United States Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) and sister services to refine concepts and required capabilities for the future joint force, including wargames and experiments such as Joint Urban Operations, Unified Quest, and Urban Resolve.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? Because our new modular formations will operate in joint, multinational and interagency environments, these formations are designed to enhance joint concepts for battle command, fires and effects, logistics, force projection, intelligence, air and missile defense.
For more information on this and other topics see Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.
Army Safety-"Owning the Edge"
To help modern leaders and Soldiers make informed choices, the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center developed a campaign called Own the Edge. This campaign, which is available at https://crc.army.mil/readiness, acknowledges the risks associated with our operations, helps individuals define which risks are acceptable and unacceptable, and promotes modifying our operations as necessary to manage those risks and "own the edge."