WE’VE GOT TO DO BETTER: DISTANCE EDUCATION

Long before COVID saw much of the country locked in their homes operating on laptops and tablets, conducting business and meetings and school and training, there was a significant portion of the population that was already learning via distance education. The military has always had a portion of the force that accomplished professional military education (PME) via correspondence (an antiquated term at this point) and in the last two decades a significant portion of annual training requirements have moved online to computer based training. But how effective is it? A BETTER PEACE welcomes Geoff Bailey to take a look at the state of distance education in the U.S. Army. He joins podcast editor Ron Granieri in the virtual studio as they discuss the pros and cons of distance learning. An advocate for distance education, Geoff points to recent changes due to the pandemic and urges educators within the Army to seize upon the gains made in technology, delivery and engagement techniques and practices. The whole goal of his research is to ensure that the total force is the best it can be trained regardless of whether learning occurred in person or at a distance.
Transcript: https://warroom.armywarcollege.edu/wp-content/uploads/21-060-WEVE-GOT-TO-DO-BETTER-DISTANCE-EDUCATION-Transcript.pdf

INNOVATING FROM THE GROUND UP: THE DRAGON’S LAIR

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.

THE ECONOMIC DEFENSE CAPITAL FUND: A TOOL FOR THE ECONOMIC VOID

The American model of innovation has long depended on public support and funding through both the national laboratory system and university-based research that American industry has commercialized into products.   For the second time in 12 years, the American federal government is likely to respond to a deep recession with massive stimulus spending to lay […]

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE: MORE THAN JUST TECHNOLOGY

A BETTER PEACE welcomes Gail Fisher and Joel Hillison into the studio to examine the DoD’s approach towards gaining and sustaining the competitive advantage over adversaries across the spectrum of competition. The DoD has no specific doctrine regarding this topic and all too often the response to the challenge falls to the acquisition community in […]

HOW COMPETITORS USE TECHNOLOGY TO SHAPE THE ENVIRONMENT (INDO-PACIFIC SERIES)

This is not humanity’s first technological rodeo This episode is another in a series of releases on the Emerging Environment in the Indo-Pacific Region, produced in collaboration with the United States Military Academy at West Point’s Department of Social Sciences as part of the 2019 Senior Conference. Just how much have the rapid advance of […]

SECURITY IN THE INDO-PACIFIC REGION: THE VIEW FROM TOKYO (INDO-PACIFIC SERIES)

It’s not so much the mil-mil relationship … the political relationship is something that’s a little more volatile than it has been in the past This episode is the next in a series of releases on the emerging environment in the Indo-Pacific Region, produced in collaboration with the United States Military Academy at West Point’s […]

INFORMATION APOCALYPSE, PART III: THE WAR ON REALITY

[Americans] are latching onto narratives that they want to believe, regardless of how untruthful it may be The war on reality is taking its toll. Daily, millions of people find there is somewhere they would rather be than the here and now. Numerous companies, states, and non-state actors provide a never-ending array of alternatives to […]

MILITARY MIGHT AND THE DEFENSE MARKETPLACE

The promise of much of this outsourcing was to reduce cost. … but the total costs [of all contracts] have gone up. So contracts are not cheaper The joint force has long depended on the private sector to provide necessary goods and services to support and sustain the warfight. This has been true since the […]