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.

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.

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?