Dale F. Spurlin

Dr. Dale F. Spurlin, Lieutenant Colonel, Army, Retired, is currently an Associate Professor at the Command and General Staff College where he has taught Army Doctrine and Tactics for the past 10 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Education from Northcentral University, a M.Ed. in Teacher Education from Oklahoma University, and a B.A. in History from the University of Florida. During his career, LTC(R) Spurlin served in various leader and staff positions in the 1st Infantry Division, the 3rd Infantry Division, the 24th Infantry Division, and US Army Europe. He also served as an Observer Trainer at the National Training Center and the Mission Command Training Program. His deployments were to Kosovo as an Inspector General and tank battalion Executive Officer, and to Afghanistan as an advisor for training and leader development education within the Afghan National Army.

Army doctrine requires problem identification in all problem solving processes but that doctrine is silent on the format and design of a problem statement.