Recent announcements by Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, regarding the development of Defense Innovation Units Experimental – in Silicon Valley, Boston, and now Austin, have inspired many in the Department of Defense, including myself, to consider how we too can deliver innovation. Given the need to modernize American military forces after nearly two decades of … More Creating Military Innovation Institutes
If you do not think that business continuity – disaster recovery – and continuity of operations planning matters – just refer to the latest news that Delta Airlines will likely lose $120 million due to a recent power outage at one of their core centers for enterprise services. For the military, similar failures can result … More Business Continuity – Disaster Recovery – and Continuity of Operations Planning
In case you missed it, please check out my publication last month in SIGNAL Magazine on the topic of augmented reality and some of the ways this emerging technology could be used in the military.
How many times have you seen a new leader arrive with their bag of tricks and begin to implement change either before they have fully consulted with their leadership team – or worse – despite them? Whether you are in the military, government, or civilian sector, middle managers and senior leaders often rotate in and out … More Let Bottom-up Ideas Drive Change
Many staff officers and budding leaders have been exposed to battlefield visits. Organizers of these staff rides hope that lessons learned from combat years ago may offer fresh insight and understanding. As beneficial as these opportunities may be – another form of staff ride, an old fashioned field-trip, may be even more advantageous for professional development. Site … More Beyond Staff Rides – How to Broaden Your Team With Site Visits
Within the next year we may have access to commercial augmented reality devices. As Microsoft introduces HoloLens and other commercial vendors, such as Apple, consider launching their own augmented reality (AR) devices, the military is beginning to evaluate viable tactical AR devices. Tactical AR devices are proving to be valuable systems. The Marine Corps just announced … More Augmented Reality and Operational Situational Awareness
I’m excited to announce the publication of my first sole-author article in this month’s SIGNAL Magazine. Please check it out in print or online!
The U.S. Army Research Lab (ARL) recently published the results of a two-week discussion among strategic thinkers and military researchers meant to provide a visualization of the tactical ground battlefield in 2050. The conclusions produced by this group of distinguished thinkers will likely not surprise those who have long considered where key technological trends are … More Tactical Ground Warfare in 2050 – The Army Research Lab’s Stark Predictions
Remember these four rules for success – Coordinate, Anticipate, Verify, and Follow-Up. I was introduced to this mental checklist as a young Platoon Leader. My Commander at the time emphasized that if I followed these four rules I could accomplish nearly any task with the least amount of friction. He told me that whenever he looked back … More Coordinate, Anticipate, Verify, and Follow Up
If you are reading this in a meeting or between emails – you just became another victim of distraction! In most work environments we all face a continuous struggle to maintain our focus. Constant news feeds, emails, tweets, social media sites, and other digital distractions interrupt our ability to concentrate. In tactical settings we understand the need for … More Pause to Think before you Multitask