One of the primary concerns of the U.S. Department of Defense is that America’s military is permitted to span the entire globe. In a DoD paper released yesterday, the Joint Operational Access Concept was introduced as a strategy to deal with what the military calls “anti-access” and “area denial” scenarios around the world. In other words, the paper makes suggestions on how to overcome situations in which operational access – “the ability to project military force into an operational area with sufficient freedom of action to accomplish the mission” – is hindered.
The concept is not new: the U.S. has considered the entire planet as their own jurisdiction since at least WWII. Full spectrum dominance, or global hegemony, is the goal, and is righteous because We Own the World.
The paper’s executive summary reads, in part:
As a global power with global interests, the United States must maintain the credible capability to project military force into any region of the world in support of those interests. This includes the ability to project force both into the global commons to ensure their use and into foreign territory as required. Moreover, the credible ability to do so can serve as a reassurance to U.S. partners and a powerful deterrent to those contemplating actions that threaten U.S. interests.