The US Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) have proposed changes to improve the military's command and control system.
US JCS chairman Joe Dunford said that the US Department of Defense must change to reflect enhanced cyber, space, and ballistic missile capabilities.
Dunford claimed that these new capabilities make it unlikely that any new conflict in the world will be isolated to one area.
He proposed that delegation of certain areas must be given to the JCS chairman, who will then integrate combatant commands on behalf of the defence secretary.
Dunford said: "You have multiple combatant commanders that are all dealing with those challenges.
"There has to be a common operational picture, a common intelligence picture and a framework within which the secretary can make decisions about prioritisation and allocation of resources in real time in a crisis."
He added that if combat breaks out on the Korean Peninsula, it is likely to involve the US Pacific Command, US Northern Command, US Cyber Command and US Strategic Command, as well as US Forces Korea.
Image: Marine Corps General Joe Dunford with Sedki Sobhi, Minister of Defence of Egypt, in Cairo. Photo: courtesy of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro.