WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard have revised America's maritime strategy to add "all domain access" to its traditional sea-based defense functions, a Navy report says.
"This [all domain access] function assures appropriate freedom of action in any domain — the sea, air, land, space, and cyber-space, as well as in the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum," the Friday report, titled "A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower," says.
According to the US Navy, all domain access will complement the four traditional functions of US sea power, which include deterrence, sea control, power projection and maritime security, by adding cross-domain capabilities such as cyberspace operations, networking and electromagnetic warfare.
"Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare (EMW), a relatively new concept, blends ﬂeet operations in space, cyberspace, and the electromagnetic spectrum with advanced non-kinetic capabilities to create warﬁghting advantages," the Navy report says.
The US Department of Defense (DOD) spending on major weapons programs has sunk to its lowest level in a decade, according to a US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released on Thursday.
The DOD said that defense spending overall will be cut by ten percent until 2021, under the defense-related provisions of sequestration, which will result in $487 billion in cost savings.
The US military budget has declined from its peak of nearly $700 billion in 2010, according to DOD data.