CONFESSIONS OF A FAILED STRATEGIST, PART 2: SOLVE PROBLEMS THROUGH PROBLEMS

We must anticipate the implication of new technologies on the battlefield, rigorously define the military problems anticipated in future conflict and foster a culture of experimentation and calculated risk-taking. Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy   The first part of this series described lessons taken from an unsuccessful attempt to write a service strategy, […]

IMPROVING INSTITUTIONAL STRATEGY: A CONVERSATION WITH MR. ROBIN SWAN

Design is wonderfully adaptive to ambiguity. The Army has extensive experience with crafting theater strategy, but there is a need to be more deliberate in its institutional strategies.  In this candid interview, Mr. Robin Swan discusses the Army’s shortcomings in preparing strategists to grapple with crafting institutional strategy, specifically the failure to apply design thinking […]

CONFESSIONS OF A FAILED STRATEGIST

Is this a strategy for building a budget? For fighting in a future environment? Or is it designed to provide internal guidance and policy? In the Pentagon everyone fancies themselves a strategist. Every graduate of professional military education, every contractor with a new weapon system, every think-tank or consultancy pundit: all feel that if they […]