Release of the Joint Operational Access Concept (JOAC)

General Martin E. Dempsey Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

The President and Secretary of Defense’s strategic guidance for our Joint Force is clear – we will answer our nation’s call and sustain the trust of the American people amidst a rapidly changing security environment.  As we shape the Joint Force of the future in this increasingly complex and competitive world, gaining access to the right place at the right time presents an ever more pressing challenge.

So today I released the Joint Operational Access Concept (JOAC).  This framework describes how we will gain entry and maintain access anywhere and in any domain: land, air, space, sea, and cyber.  No matter how formidable our forces, if we are unable to bring our capabilities to bear in any of these domains, we may not be able to complete the mission or meet our nation’s needs.  Our adversaries know this as well.

Accordingly, the JOAC outlines how we will confront emerging Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) threats by state and non-state enemies across the globe.  A2/AD is not new, but it is a defining characteristic of today’s operational environment.  Confronting this challenge will require more integration—across all domains and at all echelons—than ever before.

The Joint Force must have the capability to gain and maintain access across any domain.  The JOAC will chart a path to ensure Joint Force 2020 can provide the military options our nation needs.

Martin E. Dempsey
General, U.S. Army
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Download the Joint Operational Access Concept (JOAC) here