Goal: Operational and technical
interoperability commensurate with the role of C4I in support of multi-unit,
joint, and combined missions.
Joint, flexible, and coherent
operations are key components of DOD's vision (e.g., Joint Vision 2010); this
means operational interoperability of forces and technical interoperability of
C4I systems. Future U.S. military operations will inevitably involve elements
from more than one service. Forces will probably be assembled with minimal
time for planning and deployment, in ad hoc configurations, and for
geographically far-flung missions that are highly diverse compared to those
undertaken during the Cold War (and thus less predictable in advance). To
enable fast and effective responses, interoperability must be built into the
force structure across service and unit boundaries. Achieving adequate C4I
interoperability is inherently a distributed, horizontal challenge that must
be addressed in a largely vertical world. This means that there must be
incentives and rewards for investments and actions across organizational boundaries.