Small Wars Journal

military innovation

Military Innovation and the Tower of Babel SWJED Tue, 06/04/2019 - 6:35pm
Several months ago, I began researching how the military uses the term “innovation” only to find while we are using common words, we are not using a shared language. Not only does the various Department of Defense branches use the term “innovation” differently, the different definitions utilized in other allied nations and in civilian industry only adds further confusion in the use of this term.
Innovation in the Military SWJED Sun, 02/10/2019 - 11:38am
Four concepts about innovation in the military are introduced in this paper. The first is called the Military Innovation Framework. It is used to determine what kind of innovation is desired, and why. The second tool is called the Military Innovation Engine, which describes who needs to participate for innovation to catch fire. The third concept is the Military Innovation Pathway. It is one way—not the only way—to let innovation happen organically in the military unit. Finally, the fourth concept describes special considerations needed for disruptive innovation to survive in the military environment.
A Message to the Leaders of the 21st Century Interwar Period SWJED Sun, 10/28/2018 - 7:36am
It is time to refocus military innovation. How can military leaders today and tomorrow effectively design and implement effective innovative solutions at the critical moment under challenging circumstances?
Voices from the Disruptors: Profiles in Leading Military Innovation SWJED Fri, 06/22/2018 - 12:39am
History has shown successful military innovation requires leaders with vision, temperament, and conviction. A vision establishes an objective, even temperament builds a cohesive team, and conviction lends passion and patience to that end.
Contemporary American Military Innovation SWJED Mon, 07/17/2017 - 4:26am

The challenge of fighting today's war while preparing to win the next war.

The Dilemma of Defense Innovation and Adaptation (Part II) SWJED Fri, 11/25/2016 - 12:05pm

Military regulation and creativity are strange bedfellows. This is the second part of a three part series.