In order to give the U.S. the “ability to protect and the opportunity to disrupt,” a “deterrence triad” that combines special operations, space, and cyber forces has been dubbed the “next step in terms of deterrence.”
However, while the concept was announced in August, the where, how, and what of the triad remains “a work in progress,” according to special operations thinkers, leaders, and industry movers who spoke last week at the Global Special Operations Foundation’ The Army Cyber Command, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, and U.S. Army Materiel Command make up the triad, which is, to put it simply, the convergence and integration of three vital organizations. One speaker referred to the Army Space and Missile Defense Command. The speaker after him added, “It’s not any one leg of the triad—SOF, space, or cyber—that gets us to where we want to go, which is integrated defense. It consists of the three capabilities combined. It is the coming together of space, cyber, and SOF forces working together and having the ability to fundamentally communicate in a language we do not currently share. According to the first speaker, there is currently global “experimentation” taking place to determine how these three capabilities can be most effectively combined on the battlefield of the future.