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 TRADOC civilian analyst, U.S. Marine, and veteran of the war in Afghanistan.

"Mad Scientist" series - Megacities and dense urban environments are firmly on the horizon as likely and potential environments for future warfare and humanitarian engagements.

The latest in the “Mad Scientist” series - By 2050, urbanization will arguably be the most consequential event in the history of mankind.

Please join the TRADOC G2 for an online discussion of Megacities and Dense Urban Areas in 2025 and Beyond with Frank Prautzsch on 23 February 1400 EST.  Continue on for details.

This "Mad Scientist" essay posits that Tactical Combat Casualty Care capabilities must undergo disruptive changes that enable the development of an “intelligent” TCCC platform.

This "Mad Scientist" essay proposes adoption of a specific planning framework for urban operations.  

Megacities are sure to challenge every member of a coalition. How these urban areas might do so in the intelligence realm in the near future is the primary focus of this offering.

The latest in the TRADOC G-2 / SWJ Mad Scientist call for papers series.

Continue on for a TRADOC G-2 / Small Wars Journal "Mad Scientist" call for papers update.

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.