The World Of 2025 Will Bulge With Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, And Ambiguity

1628 Words Sep 15th, 2016 7 Pages
The world of 2025 will bulge with volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) characteristics. Todays Globalization makes information on advance and lethal technology available to near-peer states, poor states, non-states and individuals. This infusion of information and technology to potential adversaries will challenge the U.S. competitive advantages in many, if not all, domains in the military spectrum in the near future. The United States’ fiscal challenges and current budgetary practices add much complexity to the world of 2025. If the current U.S. appropriation practices and economic trajectory remain constant, the United States Joint Force (USJF) will have much less financial support and stability to plan and execute strategic modernization and technology development. In attempts to continue to meet its existing National Military Objectives (NMO) in this fiscally constrained environment, the Department of Defense (DOD) is rebalancing toward an integrated force that will leverage technological innovation and unprecedented communication capabilities to reduce the size and capabilities of today’s DOD and hopefully retain much, if not, all of its present day effects. The DOD must ensure USJF 2025 retains its three vital capabilities of lethality, resiliency, and agility in order to meet their National Defense Obligations.

Three strategic documents guide the design of the rebalanced USJF 2025. The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) offers the…

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