Delay & Time…

“You may delay, but time will not.” Benjamin Franklin (1706 to 1790) Benjamin Franklin, also known as Ben Franklin and by the pseudonym Richard Saunders, was an American printer and publisher, author, inventor and scientist, and diplomat. One of the Founding Fathers, Franklin helped draft the Declaration of Independence and was one of its signers,… Read More

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Operations: Linking Harmony, Communications, Trust & Experience

“Harmony in operations is created by the bonds of implicit communications and trust that evolve as a consequence of the similar mental images or impressions each individual creates and commits to memory by repeatedly sharing the same variety of experience in the same ways.” Colonel John R. Boyd (1927-1997) A United States Air Force fighter… Read More

Tactics & Strategy: Know the Difference

Know the difference between tactics and strategy. In simple terms tactics are short-term actions that bring a benefit; strategy is broader and about putting yourself in a better overall position, even if there is nothing to be gained immediately. The best commanders in the military and life are good at both. Points to note You… Read More

Using Business Intelligence to Move the Limits of Military Experience

Abstract Past experience is important as an aid for making good decisions, both for planning and conduct of military operations. But today’s methods for gathering experience have substantial limitations. Assume that a large number of common operational pictures (COPs) from a given command and control information system (C2IS) are saved in a database. By using new in-memory technology originally… Read More

Easy Cure vs Difficult Recognition…

“And what they say about a disease applies here. What is at first easy to cure but difficult to recognize is later, left unrecognized and untreated, easy to recognize but difficult to cure.” Attributed to Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince (In this context we are talking about military operations, either at the strategic or tactical level)