Grant M. Martin

LTC Grant M. Martin is a Special Forces officer in the U.S. Army. He has served in Afghanistan and South America. He graduated from The Citadel, has an MBA from George Mason University, and an MMAS from the School of Advanced Military Studies. He is a Ph.D. candidate at North Carolina State University’s Public Administration program with special interest in researching the organizational obstacles within SOCOM and DoD to effective Irregular Warfare. He has been published in the International Journal, Military Review,, and the Small Wars Journal, in addition to contributing to chapters in two textbooks on Design Thinking.

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

The Zero Dark Six Sigma Learning Organization Black Belt: What Should Businesses Learn From McChrystal and The Military Post 9/11?

Special Operations Forces have a problem: in order to be more effective in the “human domain” we have to paradoxically dump the concept.

Today SOF are being asked to do more than ever before and with increasingly vague and hubristic-sounding missions and concepts. New paradigms are needed.

Design is to MDMP as the universe is to apples. All we can do now is apples.

One of the reasons, if not THE reason, that we struggled to accomplish our objectives in Afghanistan is that we applied an industrial-era approach to the way we conceptualize planning and...