Thomas A. Drohan, Ph.D, Brig Gen, USAF ret. Waiting to retaliate to an obvious use of force, one that fits comfortable expectations of either being at peace, or being at war, is a losing strategy by itself. If and when such an attack comes, it’s likely to be in combination with other forms of warfare. Our reality is that adversaries cooperate and confront, often at the same time.
Will Miller, Major, US Army. State-sponsored cyber attacks against critical infrastructure are increasingly pervasive. Their global presence and effective methods are asymmetric, coercive, and debilitating.
Thomas A. Drohan, Ph.D., Brig Gen USAF ret. In 1983, Project Socrates began as a Reagan initiative to develop technology-driven competitive advantage. At the apparent ending of the Cold War, Bush-41 officials canceled the effort. It’s time to re-unify strategy and technology for our dynamic information environment.
We are well into complex, hybrid, grey zone warfare that dynamically blends confrontation with competition. Victory in the form of relative advantages tends to be temporary, requiring a systematic yet supple all-domains all-effects approach. We have to be able to produce all of types of effects and in superior combinations to compete against other relatively-great powers.
Michael D. Phillips, Col USAF ret. In response to chronic shortcomings, the President, Congress, and senior leaders of our intelligence agencies and service components demand original, prescient and accurate analyses. This is not the first time leaders have sounded an alarm.
Jeffrey S. Johnson, Col USAF ret. Since 9/11 intelligence analysis and its shortcomings have been widely discussed. Military Services increased training in critical thinking and structured analytic techniques. The Army and Air Force created Advanced Analysis courses and OUSD(I) created the Information Environment Advanced Analysis course.
Thomas A. Drohan, Ph.D., Brig Gen USAF ret. Information-Related Capabilities abound in doctrine-approved professional communities of practice. Unfortunately, doctrine always lags reality.
Thomas A. Drohan, Ph.D., Brig Gen USAF ret. The first plenary of the US National Defense University’s Asia Policy Assembly today noted the tendency of US grand strategy to react to threats.
Thomas A. Drohan, Ph.D., Brig Gen USAF ret. Winning is not a static end-state. It’s a continuous process of gaining and maintaining advantage through combinations of effects.
Thomas A. Drohan, Ph.D., Brig Gen USAF ret. Strategic leaders blend theoretical and applied thinking to realize goals. Competitive strategy is a creative process that rearranges ways and means to achieve desired ends. Superior strategy combines interactive effects.
Thomas A. Drohan, Ph.D., Brig Gen USAF ret. Too easy? It’s too easy to get distracted from thinking about how to lead the development of strategy, so let’s focus on two fundamentals of strategy.
Thomas A. Drohan, Ph.D., Brig Gen USAF ret. Winning complex competition and warfare requires both theoretical and applied thinking.