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 - There is a need for improved pain control on the battlefield, as well as in higher echelons of casualty care.

“Mad Scientist” series - The need for an Integrated Global Health Surveillance and Response Program through a complex web of surveillance, education, and interactive coordination.

“Mad Scientist” series - As the US Army considers the challenges of operating in dense urban areas, leadership requires a basic understanding of the operating environment.

“Mad Scientist” series - It may prove beneficial to leverage the IOT in order to provide our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines the decisive advantage needed to fight and win.

“Mad Scientist” series - It is critical that we understand complex systems.  This requires embracing a complex adaptive systems framework focused on urban networks.

"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.