Though newly arrived in Army doctrine, the concept of operational design finds precedent in American military history.

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This is a draft chapter from a military design book project that the author is working on pursuant to his doctoral degree completion.

Blog post | June 26, 2013 08:02 AM | Comments(9)

SWJ contributor Ben Zweibelson carries on the design discussion at NDU's PRISM journal.

Journal Article | April 8, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(1)

Deeper understanding of groupthink, its causes, and mitigation techniques should help a commander and his staff prevent it from occurring, and red teams can assist in the cause.

Blog post | February 27, 2013 08:30 AM | Comments(12)

The United States military wastes an inordinate amount of time attempting to solve symptoms instead of problems.

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.

Journal Article | November 26, 2012 04:30 AM | Comments(20)

Design is to MDMP as the universe is to apples. All we can do now is apples.

Frequent SWJ contributor MAJ Ben Zweibelson discusses design at Military Review.

Journal Article | October 25, 2012 03:30 AM | Comments(7)

Risk management and wicked messes like Afghanistan.

Journal Article | October 17, 2012 03:30 AM | Comments(4)

Fit the operation to the narrative, not the narrative to the operation.

Journal Article | October 3, 2012 03:30 AM | Comments(24)

One of the reasons, if not THE reason, that we struggled to accomplish our objectives in Afghanistan is that we applied an industrial-era approach to the way we conceptualize planning and operations.

Our team produced design deliverables that established a narrative and conveyed a recommendation that had a structured organizing logic associated with its creation.

Journal Article | July 9, 2012 03:44 AM | Comments(27)

How "Design" was used in shaping a the way ahead in Afghanistan.

Journal Article | June 22, 2012 03:19 AM | Comments(2)

The doctrine for wargaming during COA analysis falls short for small wars.

Journal Article | June 21, 2012 03:17 AM | Comments(6)

To implement mission command successfully, a shared understanding of the environment, problem, and strategic intent must exist with echelons above and below.

Journal Article | June 8, 2012 03:59 AM | Comments(11)

The Army is a learning organization, but it must avoid learning mumbo-jumbo.

Journal Article | June 4, 2012 03:28 AM | Comments(66)

How operational planners applied military design to a wicked problem set in Afghanistan.

Journal Article | April 30, 2012 03:50 AM | Comments(9)

Where do we go with Design in a post-COIN (for now) world?

Journal Article | April 18, 2012 03:59 AM | Comments(16)

  How The Dead Poets Society Advocated Disruptive Thinkers, Why DoD Shouldn't Encourage More Disruptive Thinkers, and 10 Principles for Those That do Think Disruptively

Journal Article | March 29, 2012 03:59 AM | Comments(5)

Dan McCauley argues that the unimaginative 2012 Strategic Defense Guidance calls for some creative thinking.

Journal Article | March 28, 2012 03:54 AM | Comments(1)

It isn't either - or.  How the center of gravity fits into the design process.