Thursday, October 10, 2019

“A new kind of threat requires significant changes in the way that soldiers make decisions… [and] the U.S. Army needs to train for the next conflict.”
– Katherine Kjellström Elgin and Colonel Peter L. Gilbert –

How focused are you on what’s next versus what’s now – and will that focus enable you to win tomorrow as well as today? That’s the crux of a recent thought piece about the U.S. military titled “How the Army is (Not) Preparing for the Next War.” The author’s focus is on the difference between counter-insurgency conflicts versus those with a “near-peer competitor” (e.g. Russia or China) and how that plays out in training, preparation and actuality. Yet a key takeaway applies equally to civilian organizations preparing for tomorrow and it’s this: Your people must be equipped with a different model for making decisions and psychologically prepared to thrive in the new environment.

Click here for the article and then consider just how much has changed in the last 15 years and the implications of additional change over the next 15 years.