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

All Seeing Sensors – It’s About the Data, Stupid

The Age of The Internet of Things (IOT) is officially upon us. As more devices begin to relay information about our behaviors back to various data warehouses, it’s becoming increasingly clear that this glut of data will offer many opportunities for analysis. More analysis should lead to better understanding and improved applications of this knowledge. … More All Seeing Sensors – It’s About the Data, Stupid

Three Things Every Leader Should Understand About Creativity and Innovation

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

Body Cameras in the Military – A Challenging but Perhaps Necessary Technology

For government agencies, like the military and the police that depend on maintaining the trust of the public and experience profound litigious scrutiny over their conduct during violent encounters, the use of cameras and sensors to record their actions may no longer be an option – but something mandated. Body-Mounted Cameras and the Police On … More Body Cameras in the Military – A Challenging but Perhaps Necessary Technology