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    Design complementing MDMP

    Mike - design will complement formal / detailed planning processes, such as MDMP and JOPP - it certainly won't replace these systems. It also won't just look at "re-thinking" or reframing problems,...
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    Planning and Design

    Well, let me address each element –



    Well, actually the process is more defined – planning has two components: 1) a conceptual thinking component about how to address the problem (design) and...
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    Creative Thinking

    Well – there is a difference between the concepts of “innovation” and “adaptation” that is reinforced in design. Innovation involves taking a new approach to a familiar or known situation, whereas...
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    Solid Foundation

    Rach - roger; much of the great SAMS work provided the foundation for the integration of design into FM 5-0. Working closely with SAMS on the development of the concept...(hooah!)
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    "Design" from FM 5-0 Draft

    Here's how we're defining "design" in the new FM 5-0 draft chapter 3:

    "Planning consists of two separate, but closely related components: a conceptual component, represented by the cognitive...
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    ANZAC Day

    Another moving ceremony for ANZAC Day at Fort Leavenworth:

    http://usacac.leavenworth.army.mil/BLOG/blogs/reflectionsfromfront/archive/2009/04/23/lest-we-forget-anzac-day-april-25.aspx
  7. The Mission Narrative

    Cross posting - the concept of the "mission narrative" is the subject of this post on the CAC Blog:
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    Language Emphasis

    Panetta was very active promoting language training - his district in California when he was in the House of Representatives included the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey and he...
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    Congrats!

    This is great news - and another indicator of the quality of SWJ!
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    Sticky: CAC Blog

    If you haven't already, I recommend you check out the CAC Blog:

    http://usacac.leavenworth.army.mil/BLOG/
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    Nicely Done

    Congratulations! Great contribution.
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    Center of Gravity

    I think the concept of Center of Gravity at the operational level -- as the "source of power" -- is not as clear when there are disparate "franchise" entities such as AQAM who are compartmented in...
  13. Congratulations

    Great job, guys!
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    Campaign Planning

    Thanks for the advertisement... here's a link to the book:

    http://cgsc.cdmhost.com/cgi-bin/showfile.exe?CISOROOT=/p4013coll11&CISOPTR=377

    I'm overdue for a rewrite -- for the next edition I'll...
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    I believe this is addressed in the introduction...

    I believe this is addressed in the introduction to FM 3-0 -- that subordinates must be trusted to act flexibly and adapt to the situation on the ground. This is one of the lessons of the past seven...
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    Civilian

    I did a quick search of the FM 3-0 final draft -- and the word "civilian" appears 90 times; "civilian agencies" represent 18 of those hits. "Civil authorities" appears 16 times...
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    The Unveiling of FM 3-0

    From the New York Times, 8 Feb:






    Much more at the link:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/08/washington/08strategy.html?ref=world
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    Well Done

    Great article -- I only hope that the story gets widely distributed so others can see the progress being made in training Iraqi forces.
  19. Links for writing

    Here's a great little link to help with college writing:

    http://nutsandbolts.washcoll.edu/nb-home.html

    For research methodology, I find this useful:
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    DoD Press Briefing 17 Jan 08

    There was an interesting DoD Press Briefing given by LTG Odierno on 17 Jan 08 that is worth looking over:

    http://www.defenselink.mil/transcripts/transcript.aspx?transcriptid=4122

    The...
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    FM 3-0 Development

    From the FM 3-0 overview briefing:


    This version of Field Manual 3-0 represents the 15th edition of the Army’s capstone operations manual, a special commitment to America’s national security that...
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    I believe that the construct is changing, but not...

    I believe that the construct is changing, but not with the intent of "taking toys away" from IO... Chapter 7 (Information Superiority) received (and continues to receive) the most attention of all of...
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    FM 3-0 (Operations) Roll Out

    It looks like the updated FM 3-0, Operations, will be released at the end of February 2008. Some of the areas in the manual with major changes include:


    Operational Concept
    Stability...
  24. One of the issues that impacts this directly is...

    One of the issues that impacts this directly is the status of FM 3-0 -- we are still in the "DRAG" (Doctrine Review and Approval Group) phase; this creates the condition where the current FM 3-0 is...
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    Ring 4

    When I look at the explanation for the five rings in terms of "system attributes," it seems to be a systems construct that entails targeting the entire system and those entities that provide a source...
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