The Naval TAMD Concept paper has drawn connections between current, planned, and proposed projects. It is a naval solution to the best use of Navy and Marine forces in TAMD, and illustrates and develops the full measure of the naval contribution to joint, integrated TAMD. Human understanding, decision, and action are the core of naval TAMD. The "plug and fight" nature of network-based warfighting frees operators and decision-makers to understand, decide, and act. Their tools perform the processing, connectivity, and data handling. Fully realizing the promise of these emerging capabilities requires continued work in doctrine, training, personnel programs, combat organization, acquisition, and research.


Doctrine development should concentrate on harmonizing different operational approaches to TAMD, making the most of each Service’s forces, training, and equipment in pursuit of shared principles. Doctrine for TAMD is about protection, helping commanders select the best approach for the situation. Common doctrine supports coherent TAMD operations between forces engaged in operations for air superiority, strike warfare, air defense, and antiair warfare, whatever their Service. Common doctrine supports cohesive operations, enabling joint forces to fully exploit emerging ideas and technology. TAMD doctrine should unify joint and naval doctrine with ideas emerging from Joint Vision 2010 and Service vision statements. Naval forces and systems must be joint in function and operation, even when only Navy forces are on-scene. Their capabilities must "grow" into a joint task force without interruption as reinforcements arrive in the theater. Specific doctrinal issues include:

Training and Personnel

The naval contribution to TAMD requires adjustments to naval training and personnel programs. Naval education and training can help develop doctrine for TAMD, as well as teaching it to students. Naval programs must unify the Navy and the Marines while remaining adaptable to each Service’s unique requirements. Naval programs should be familiar and easily understood by students from other Services or our allies. Personnel programming will respond to reduced manning requirements resulting from the application of developing systems, emerging doctrine, and redistributed duties and responsibilities for network-based warfighting. Training and professional education will emphasize network-based warfighting operations by reflecting current tactical thinking and stressing network setup and effective system doctrine development. Specific issues for naval training and personnel programs include:

Acquisition and Research

Naval capabilities originate in major breakthroughs by naval acquisition programs. The entire naval community should seize on the promise of emerging programs such as the CEC, Link-16, JMCIS, and follow-on networks to make the most of naval and joint warfighting capabilities. Acquisition and research efforts should continue to develop tactical decision aids, staff planning tools, and customizable displays to fully realize emerging naval TAMD capabilities. Breakthrough programs should be extended beyond TAMD and naval forces. Naval systems should be designed as integrated elements of a joint, network-based warfighting operation. Even as operational commands experiment and develop new tactics and operations, continuing doctrine development informs and advises the technical community, focusing efforts and time, and saving money, too. Specific issues for acquisition and research include:

Closing Note

The Naval TAMD CDT has benefited from widespread cooperation between the Navy and Marines, as well as the Army and Air Force. Naval Doctrine Command will continue to update the Naval TAMD Concept as necessary to support naval and joint integration. Suggestions for improving the concept are welcome from all sources, particularly engineering integrated process teams, doctrine development working groups, tactical development activities, joint program offices, and operational commands.

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