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

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Complexity, Dynamics & Circumstances…

“Complexity (technical, organizational, operational, etc.) causes commanders and subordinates alike to be captured by their own internal dynamics or interaction – hence they cannot adapt to rapidly changing external (or even internal) circumstances.” Colonel John R. Boyd (1927-1997) A United States Air Force fighter pilot and Pentagon consultant of the late 20th century, whose theories… Read More

Reviewing Caffeine’s Effects on Cognitive, Physical & Occupational Performance (in Military Populations)

Research Paper Title A review of caffeine’s effects on cognitive, physical and occupational performance. Abstract Caffeine is consumed by over 80% of U.S. adults. This review examines the effects caffeine has on cognitive and physical function, since most real-world activities require complex decision making, motor processing and movement. Caffeine exerts its effects by blocking adenosine… 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

The Handmaiden: Tactics or Strategy?

“In peace we concentrate so much on tactics that we are apt to forget that it is merely the handmaiden of strategy.” (Liddell Hart, 1944, p.48) Captain Sir Basil Liddell Hart (1895 to 1970). Commonly known throughout most of his career as Captain B. H. Liddell Hart, was an English soldier, military historian and military… Read More

Increasing Physical Capacity: Soldiers & Gene Modification

Article Title The Real Captain America: Bioengineering the Super Soldiers of Tomorrow. Extract “With the rapidly advancing field of genomics and gene modification, the distinct possibility has arisen for applying these technologies to enhance a soldier’s physical capacity. Genetic modification or “’gene doping’, already banned from its possible future use in the Olympics, has many… Read More