How does a very large, very complex organization encourage innovation, especially when so much of the daily operations are based in uniformity, a strict rank structure and layers of bureaucracy? That’s exactly the question the U.S. Army XVIII Airborne Corps is trying to answer with its new program, Dragon’s Lair. WAR ROOM welcomes Joe Buccino to give an inside look at the inner workings of Dragon’s Lair. He explains how the Corps hopes to harness diversity of thought at the problem level and speed solutions past the bureaucracy to the decision makers. It sounds similar to other Army innovation programs, but Buccino points to its Shark Tank style episodic competition that directly rewards the innovators and makes this program so successful.
What you’re describing…always has been a leadership problem. It’s leadership at the extreme echelons. So leadership at the top of the Army and leadership at the bottom of the Army are primarily where you address and solve this problem. In September of 2019 we introduced you to the Eisenhower Series College Program. Members of the […]