Grady eyes third iteration of JWC to become ‘doctrine’

By Audrey Decker / November 3, 2022 at 10:04 AM

The upcoming iteration of the Defense Department’s Joint Warfighting Concept will be key in that it is expected to transition to official military guidance, according to a top Pentagon official.

“This next iteration will become doctrine. It will become a joint publication No. 1,” said Adm. Christopher Grady, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and co-chairman of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, which sets the procurement requirements for the military services.

“What came out of 2.0 were the concept-required capabilities that drive that work of prioritizing those tasks that the JROC needs to do,” he said Tuesday at the Naval Submarine League Annual Symposium.

Grady said the department is adding “a few more” concept-required capabilities in JWC 3.0.

JWC 3.0 will “take from force design to solve those key concept-required capabilities, to close those priorities and gaps that we work so hard in the JROC,” he said.

The new warfighting concept will be completed at the end of this year.

“We must ensure that the joint force is on the trajectory necessary to implement the National Defense Strategy to address its key operational problems in the current joint warfighting concept, and the future of concept iterations to come,” Grady said.

Last week, DOD released its new National Defense Strategy, that maintains the U.S. military’s focus on China as a pacing threat and Russia as an acute threat.