Creating Military Innovation Institutes

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

Business Continuity – Disaster Recovery – and Continuity of Operations Planning

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

Beyond Staff Rides – How to Broaden Your Team With Site Visits

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

Augmented Reality and Operational Situational Awareness

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

Tactical Ground Warfare in 2050 – The Army Research Lab’s Stark Predictions

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

Coordinate, Anticipate, Verify, and Follow Up

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

Pause to Think before you Multitask

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