defense reform

Journal Article | June 14, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(2)

A lesson for today’s Army and the next twenty years.

Journal Article | June 12, 2013 01:35 AM | Comments(5)

Sequestration is a once in a generation opportunity to address the changes needed to take the US military to the next level of capability. 

A PME training module on chess is good for the U.S. military, provides the U.S. military workforce with diverse and transferable skill-sets.

Journal Article | June 10, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(4)

Our doctrine overlooks the essence of war as a human enterprise.  This article explores how to rectify this within the context of supporting the evolution of the U.S. military towards Joint...

Shared sacrifice often leads to innovative solutions that make operations more efficient.   This requires openness to bottom-up communication.

Journal Article | May 14, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(3)

Building a unified foreign policy establishment.

Journal Article | May 7, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(18)

Why acronyms are ruining shared military understanding.

Constraint, imagination, and collaboration can produce meaningful innovations.

Journal Article | March 5, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(23)

When Afghanistan failed, then COIN was seen as having failed too, having proved itself too risky, too time-consuming to justify its extraordinary investment in lives and treasure.

Journal Article | March 4, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(5)

This article proposes a positive vision for how disruptive junior officers and established senior officers should advance the discussion about improving their services.

Capo-militaries, by their diverse portfolio of activities, such as the use of sophisticated weapons, logistics, and tactics, have become threats to national and international security.

Journal Article | February 7, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(1)

Times of crisis can be a brief window of opportunity for large institutional bureaucracies to overcome jurisdictional boundaries and make changes to business as usual. 

Journal Article | January 28, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(75)

Military historian Martin van Creveld argues that women’s presence in the military is little but an expensive charade.

Blog post | January 6, 2013 09:17 AM | Comments(1)

Tim Kane looks at the military's exsanguination of talent.

Journal Article | December 12, 2012 04:30 AM | Comments(6)

Current strategic guidance documents rely upon catchphrases and hyperbole to defer tough national security decision-making.

Blog post | November 30, 2012 04:19 PM | Comments(18)

Gentile provides an intelligent dissection of Rick's The Generals.

Journal Article | November 9, 2012 09:32 AM | Comments(5)

Ongoing changes in tactics and organization presage a near-term transformation to battalion-based Battle Groups.

Journal Article | October 18, 2012 03:30 AM | Comments(6)

People and culture are important – but they are not the only important things. Their importance is relative to the mission and the operational environment.  

Journal Article | October 16, 2012 02:29 PM | Comments(7)

The US Army is finding itself in the difficult position of attempting to redefine itself in a climate of reduced resources. It shouldn't pin its future to peer-to-peer battle.

Journal Article | October 15, 2012 03:30 AM | Comments(2)

Simply put, interagency reformists have failed to understand the environment within which they are proposing change.

Journal Article | October 10, 2012 05:55 AM | Comments(10)

Understanding the great paradox of the U.S. military: the better our conventional capabilities, the more likely we are to face increasingly irregular and asymmetric threats.

Blog post | October 8, 2012 05:54 AM | Comments(13)

Thoughts compiled in preparation for a discussion with the Chief of Staff of the Army's Strategic Studies Group on military culture and change.

Journal Article | October 2, 2012 03:30 AM | Comments(5)

In assessing our “lessons learned” it is vital that the service look forward and not just retrospectively so it does not learn the wrong lessons. 

Journal Article | September 4, 2012 03:30 AM | Comments(65)

Or how to shatter organizational stagnation and identify critical tensions preventing creative thinking and improvisation.