Mad Scientist

The Mad Scientist Initiative by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) explores the future through collaboration and partnerships with academia, industry and government. It seeks to uncover emerging and disruptive technologies and ideas by engaging outsiders and unconventional sources, bringing insights from the global marketplace of ideas into the Army through a credible, fair, and transparent process. More information here and an overview video here.

SWJ is pleased to help TRADOC extend their outreach for inputs and provide a vehicle for broadcasting findings to the Small Wars Community of Interest.

This page is dedicated to the memory of Mr. Joel Lawton, U.S. Army civilian analyst, U.S. Marine, veteran of the war in Afghanistan.


In order to predict future impacts of megacities to the US Army, the global drivers and trends leading to megacity development must be identified.

The growing planned use of UMS and robotics on the future battlefield affords both great opportunities and challenges to far future medical operations.

A future capability that is explained in this paper is that machines will have the ability to remove humans from the real-time decision-making loop.

The DoD should shift from predominant reliance on high-technology empowered U.S. military dominance towards prioritization of U.S.-Allied dominance.

Man-machine teaming is inexorable and Special Warfare needs a blueprint to transform along with it.

How can the military best give soldiers an advantage on the future battlefield?

Rapid technological advancement over the last three decades has resulted in extraordinary discoveries and advancements in the biotechnology field.

This paper examines threat insights as they pertain to each of the Long-Range Investment Requirements Analysis investment categories.

Soldier efficiency should be a cornerstone of capabilities development in the Army.  The importance of Soldier efficiency will only grow as a smaller segment of society serves in uniform.