Mosaic Warfare

| March 24, 2020 | 47 Comments

A DARPA illustration showing Mosaic warfare in action. (DARPA)

Even before joining the military, many of us were familiar with the race to develop better weapons and tactics. America’s performance and victory during the Gulf War surprised/stunned our enemies and adversaries. A few years later, a couple of Chinese colonels wrote a book called “Unrestricted Warfare”. In the book, they cover topics on how a weaker nation could defeat a stronger nation. The authors credited the United States’ ability to use a form of “unrestricted warfare” during the Gulf War.

However, the Chinese and Russians have studied our actions during the Gulf War, and during the wars in the 21st century. As expected, they developed and evolved their own military and tactics to attempt to counter our advantage. However, the United States is not standing still. In one of the latest efforts to stay ahead, the US is developing a new concept of warfare.

Here are a couple of videos explaining the concept. The first one is a short video from The Infographics Show on YouTube, and the second one is from DARPA.

From The Infographics Show (YouTube):


Additionally, DARPA has a PDF document as well as a detailed article on Mosaic warfare.

Category: Military issues

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  1. Skippy says:

    What the Russians did in Crimea with a few
    Special warfare operators to me was a wake up
    On the power of a well trained SF units
    And tactics and sowing existing discord

  2. Jus Bill says:

    I sense yet another Contractor Pot O’Gold…

  3. Combat Historian says:

    This may be a JAG/SJA’s dream come true. Only the mil lawers will know the complex situational ROEs involved in this automated hodgepodge, and will probably demand full control of the password and push button controls to operate and execute anything and everything…

    JAG empire building Uber Alles…

  4. Ret_25X says:

    it’s only airlandbattle dressed up as a transgender clown

  5. 5th/77th FA says:

    Here’s a novel idea, while we’re talking about novel ideas. Tell any potential enemy that if they attack us, we will bring every weapon in our arsenal to bear. Every. single. one!

    Remember too, when we talk about cheap imitation knockoffs; quantity is often a quality in itself. Our enemies do not want to destroy our land, they want to conquer the land…and the people. One reason why missile fields and major bases were placed in the ‘breadbaskets.” The ChiComs can turn out copied products all day, but are still having problems feeding their people. I agree with other comments, some of this is a Defense Contractors wet dream. The only ROE should be; there is NO ROE. Take the fight to the enemy, kick him til he’s down, then kick him again. There is no time for half measures in warfare and give the warrior the unfettered use of every weapon you have.

  6. 26Limabeans says:

    You can’t go outside the wire on a laptop.

  7. Sapper3307 says:

    Is mosaic warfare anything like Pixel videos from japan?

    • Devtun says:

      There was an article I saw in the UK Sun about Chinese gov’t officials complaining that all Chinese boys want to do is eat, sleep, play video games, and watch Japanese pr0n… er, erotic videos.

  8. timactual says:

    Meh. I am sure it is very transformational. Oh, sorry, I am a bit out of date. That was a few fashion seasons ago.

  9. Slow Joe says:

    Make everything unclassified, so our enemies can read it all.

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      On the other hand, think of all the classified Good Idea Fairy crap we could inflict on -them-!

      Let’s start with “Pentomic Division”. Re-label it as “BattleBastion” and de-classify it from TS/SCI.

      That would probably class as a war crime, but C’est la Guerre.

  10. Combat Historian says:

    Is this just another iteration of “Effects Based Operations” (EBO)? Back in 2005-06 when I was assigned to USJFCOM before my Iraq and PACOM tours, EBO was all the rage at JFCOM as the new paradigm for future operations for U.S. and western military forces and doctrines. Problem was nobody really understood what the heck it really was, including those at JFCOM who crafted the whole thing. The Israelis tried to apply EBO against Hezbollah during the 2006 war in Lebanon and ended up with an ugly clusterfuck before tucking their tail and ending the mess. Turns out the Israeli Chairman of the General Staff at the time (the first Air Force guy to be IDF chief) really had no firm idea what EBO was either, and was soon canned and relieved of his job. When Gen Mattis took command of JFCOM in late 2007, he got rid of the whole EBO doctrine, and eventually got rid of JFCOM as well…

    • Ret_25X says:

      It looks like it. I have been reading about some of this stuff over the past year and the base is still the airlandbattle doctrine employed down to squad/team level where possible.

  11. AW1Ed says:

    A Zoomie, a Squid and a Doggy walk into a bar, and the contractor bar keep asks “What’ll it be this time, gents?”

  12. MI Ranger says:

    The Marines are hoping on the “New Way of Doing Things” bandwagon. Looking to a HIC in the Pacific:
    While some will say WTF, I think this is the Marines taking a deep look at how a HIC will play out in the Pacific, and realizing they are not the Army. They need to fill the gaps the Army does not do, and the Navy can’t do to hold ground. Specifically they need something more agile than a tank, that can really reach out and touch someone. Helos are slow and easy targets, and drones are the way of the future, but they do need something to quickly jump from island to island! Ecronoplane like? Obviously not as big, but the ground effect idea. And Anti-ship missiles to hold the fort.

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