In the U.S. Defense Department, both the demands and costs for reliable, resilient, and robust communication services continue to grow. As the services consider options to privatize aspects of communication, both the opportunities and challenges require thorough consideration. This article in SIGNAL Magazine examines the privatization of military communications.
If you have not heard of AI-backed natural language generation systems – the time has come for you to consider the topic. During my studies at Carnegie Mellon University – I have been exploring this technology and considering various applications and their associated benefits and risks. If you want a sampling of where the field … More This essay was written by AI (artificial intelligence)
As the DoD drives forward with investments in machine learning, data science, and autonomy – the time has come for leaders to consider how the rise of AI technologies can transform education and training. In this article in Army Magazine, I review leading research on expertise and its development and make the case that new … More Digital Coaches can Produce Expert Soldiers
In this short piece in SIGNAL Magazine I make the case for the value of historical analysis as preparation for innovation. Look to history for lessons learned and approaches to problem-solving. From this approach, you can avoid common pitfalls, discover patterns for successful problem-solving, and empathy for the endurance required for success as an innovator.
The Defense Department’s investments in a transition to cloud services has each of the Services examining the costs and benefits of transition. As each military service rolls out new cloud capabilities, however, they may find that simply building these solutions will not attract organizations to use them. The following short piece in SIGNAL Magazine considers … More If You Build It, They May Not Come – The Cloud in the DoD
To understand how to bridge tactical and strategic networks, begin by understanding who owns the risk. The following article in SIGNAL Magazine discusses four steps to approaching tactical and strategic network integration.
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
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
Much of one’s existence consists of a continuous effort to adapt. This is a basic survival principle. We learn, we discover, we change all in an effort to adjust to our environments and our changing desires. Organizations do the same – some better than others. As varied as the daily churn of many groups may … More Three Things Every Leader Should Understand About Creativity and Innovation