Publications

Aaron P Jackson

Intellectual spring cleaning: it’s time for a military “Do Not Read” list; and some sources that should be on that list

By Aaron P. Jackson, Ben Zweibelson and William Simonds Published in: Defence Studies, Vol. 18, […]

Jeffrey van der Veer

The contribution of design in cultivating a culture of innovation?

My aim with  this paper is to contribute to a discourse on the subject how […]

Mathieu Primeau

We Think Spatially: The Urgency of Meaningful Maps

With the active generation increasingly thinking visually, creating meaningful maps is paramount to the whole […]

Robert Lummack

The Blue Knight Review (Journal of the Royal Military College St Jean): Special Edition No. 2: Systems Thinking and Design

This Special Edition of The Blue Knight Review is an outgrowth project of the April […]

Ben Zweibelson

Teachers, Leave Them Kids Alone: Debating Two Approaches for Design Education in Military Organizations

By Ben Zweibelson, Aaron P. Jackson and Simon Bernard. This article functions as an informed […]

Aaron P Jackson

Teachers, Leave Them Kids Alone: Debating Two Approaches for Design Education in Military Organizations

By Ben Zweibelson, Aaron P. Jackson and Simon Bernard. This article functions as an informed […]

Aaron P Jackson

The Nature of Military Doctrine: A Decade of Study in 1500 Words

Today, The Strategy Bridge talks the fundamentals of doctrine with Aaron P. Jackson : “Doctrine, […]

Ben Zweibelson

The Emergent Art of Military Design: Swedish Armed Forces and the Contemporary Security Environment

Authors: Ben Zweibelson, Lars Hedström, Magnus Lindström & Ulrica Pettersson Excerpt: The Swedish adaptation of design […]

Philippe Dufort

Will There be a Colombian Strategic School of Thought?: It Depends on the current generals of the Republic and it remains very uncertain

(versión española véase abajo): ¿Habrá Una Escuela Colombiana De Pensamiento Estratégico? Depende de los actuales […]

Ofra Graicer

Between Teaching and Learning: What Lessons Could the Israeli Doctrine Learn from the 2006 Lebanon War?

(Versión española véase abajo): Entre La Enseñanza Y El Aprendizaje: ¿Qué Lecciones Pudo Aprender La […]

Ofra Graicer

“Beware of the Power of the Dark Side”: The Inevitable Coupling of Doctrine and Design

(versión española véase abajo): “Cuidado Con El Poder Del Lado Oscuro”- El acoplamiento inevitable de la […]

Aaron P Jackson

Innovative within the Paradigm: The Evolution of the Australian Defence Force’s Joint Operational Art

Abstract: Beginning in 2008, several articles argued that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) had paid […]

Christopher Paparone

How we fight: A critical exploration of US military doctrine

Author: Christopher Paparone Abstract This essay seeks to answer the question, ‘How can we understand […]

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Special Issue Now Online — Reflexive Military Practitioners: Design Thinking and Beyond

Our special issue published by the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies and generated from our first event […]

Philippe Beaulieu B.

Introduction: Revolution in Military Epistemology

Authors: Philippe Beaulieu B. & Philippe Dufort This special issue offers a platform for 15 leading […]

Philippe Beaulieu B.

Conclusion: Researching the Reflexive Turn in Military Affairs and Strategic Studies

Authors: Philippe Beaulieu B. & Philippe Dufort This special issue offers a platform for 15 leading military […]

Robert Lummack

Don’t forget about Boxer: Teaching Systems Thinking, Complexity and Design to NCMs

Author: Robert Lummack Abstract: Since 2009, Robert has worked with the team at the Osside […]

Paul Mitchell

Stumbling into Design: Action Experiments in Professional Military Education at Canadian Forces College

Author: Paul Mitchell Abstract: Operations for small militaries are largely about aid to civil power […]

Grant Martin

Of Garbage Cans and Paradox: Reflexively Reviewing Design, Mission Command, and the Gray Zone

Author: Grant Martin Abstract: As a rule-following organization, the military both suffers and benefits from bureaucracy. One […]

Philippe Dufort

Carl von Clausewitz and the Invention of the Conservative Nation-State: Retrieving Instrumental Reflexivity in the Strategic Tradition

Author: Philippe Dufort Abstract: The necessity to innovate and profoundly reform the State was a shared concern […]

Francis Clermont

Design: an Ethical and Moral Project. Conscious Intention for the Cybernetician

Author: Francis Clermont Abstract: Military literature pertaining to systems thinking and design has not yet […]

Alex Ryan

Design in Civvies: The Promise of Creating Degrees of Freedom in Government

Author: Alex Ryan  Abstract: Both military and civilian design can be measured by the degrees […]

Ofra Graicer

Self Disruption: Seizing the High Ground of Systemic Operational Design (SOD)

Author: Ofra Graicer Abstract: Systemic Operational Design (SOD) is the postmodern incarnation of Soviet Operational […]

Ben Zweibelson

Blending Postmodernism with Military Design Methodologies: Heresy, Subversion, and other Myths of Organizational Change

Author: Ben Zweibelson Abstract: The emergence of postmodern thinking in 21st century military practice, theory, and education […]

Christopher Paparone

Critical Military Epistemology: Designing Reflexivity into Military Curricula

Author: Christopher Paparone Abstract: The author recommends the discipline of the Sociology of Knowledge as […]

Aaron P Jackson

A Tale of Two Designs: Developing the Australian Defence Force’s Latest Iteration of its Joint Operations Planning Doctrine

Author: Aaron P. Jackson Abstract: This paper chronicles the incorporation of design thinking ideas into the latest […]

Pedro Javier Rojas Guevara

Damascus: The Renewed Doctrine of the National Army of Colombia

Author: Javier Rojas Guevara Abstract: This note from the field is an account of the […]

Carlos Ospina Ovalle

Legitimacy as the center of gravity in Hybrid warfare: Notes from the Colombian Battlefield

Author: Carlos Ospina Ovalle Abstract: These notes from the fields summarise a presentation on the topic […]

Fernando Puentes Torres

The Continuous Judicial and the Judiciary Wars in Colombia: Critical Dimensions of Insurgent Political Warfare

Author: Fernando Puentes Torres Abstract: As Clausewitz wrote in On War: “the events of every age must […]

Jesús Alberto Ruiz Mora

Learning through our Mistakes: the Legacy of Marxism in Colombian Counter-Insurgency Strategy

Author: Jesús Alberto Ruiz Mora Abstract: With this working paper I aim at sharing my thoughts […]

Robert Lummack

Expecting Uncertainty: Approaching security environment complexity with humility and conceptual flexibility

Author: Robert Lummack Abstract: This article discusses the complexity of the Global Security Environment. It argues […]

Grant Martin

Are Small Wars Just Big Wars That Are Smaller?: Why Our Conventional Wisdom About Small Wars Leaves Us Learning Little

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Philippe Dufort

El legado reflexivo de Carl von Clausewitz: Componente doctrinal político-estratégico para Damasco

The Clauzewitzian Legacy as a Necessary Complement to the Damasco Doctrine Abstract: Damask will bring […]

Philippe Dufort

The Influence of Changing Understanding of Power over Strategy: A Genealogical Essay

Abstract:  The link between social theory and the production of innovative strategic knowledge in different […]

Anders Sookermany

Military Education Reconsidered: A Postmodern Update

Author: Anders Sookermany Abstract: It is commonly accepted that the nature of military operations is one […]

Alex Ryan

A Personal Reflection on Introducing Design to the U.S. Army

See Original post: https://medium.com/the-overlap/a-personal-reflection-on-introducing-design-to-the-u-s-army-3f8bd76adcb2 In this blog, I explain how I accidentally became involved in […]

Anders Sookermany

Gamechangers and the meaningfulness of difference in the sporting world – a postmodern outlook

Author: Anders McD Sookermany The aim of this paper has been to contribute to the […]

Robert Lummack

Ethics is not just about the little guy and other observations

Author: Robert Lummack This article will discuss military ethics within the contemporary security environment. The […]

Ben Zweibelson

Thinking beyond the Books: Sociological Biases of Our Military Institutions

Introduction: Professional military reading lists have expanded in recent years so that now nearly every […]

Christopher Paparone

Strategy: Quad Conceptual Reasoning

Abstract: The ends-based, rationalist model of strategy has dominated institutions of professional military education to […]

Ben Zweibelson

Special Operations and Design Thinking: Through the Looking Glass of Organizational Knowledge Production

Abstract: The U.S. military over the past decade has developed various forms of “design thinking” […]

Ben Zweibelson

Pensée linéaire et non linéaire: au-delà de la rétro-ingénierie

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Ben Zweibelson

Linear and non-Linear thinking: Beyond reverse-engineering

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Ben Zweibelson

Rose-tinted lenses: how American functionalist strategy inhibits our appreciation of complex conflicts

Abstract: Strategists and military professionals have previously questioned many of the methodological (theoretical underpinnings, the […]

Ben Zweibelson

One piece at a time: why linear planning and institutionalisms promote military campaign failures

Abstract: The recent strategic failures in Iraq and Afghanistan for military coalitions illustrate that we […]

Ben Zweibelson

Gravity-free Decision-making: Avoiding Clausewitz’s Strategic Pull

Executive summery: While many elements of Carl von Clausewitz’s seminal work On War are entrenched […]

Jeffrey van der Veer

NLD Contextual Military Design

This bulletin by Jeffrey van der Veer is used in the Netherlands army for and […]

Philippe Beaulieu B.

Why Does the Reconciliation between Israel and Military Intellectuals Matter?

Philippe Beaulieu-B., Ph.D. Appointing a new Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Commissioner rarely stirs up […]

Jeffrey van der Veer

The Rise of Design

Armies in contemporary warfare have been confronted with complexity. Modern day conflicts have evolved, causing […]

Ben Zweibelson

Parlons d’abeilles et d’oiseaux : la théorie des essaims et le processus décisionnel militaire

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Ben Zweibelson

Military ‘Deep Dives’ and Organizational Management: The Continuing Hazards of Hubris, Centralized Hierarchies, and Insular Perspectives

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Alex Ryan

Countering Insurgency and the Myth of “The Cause”

Abstract:  It is possible for an insurgency to develop from a single cause, for the […]

Francis Clermont

The Art of Being a Soldier-Diplomat: From an Implicit Role to an Explicit Function

Author: Francis Clermont Introduction: The aim of this article is to demonstrate the ways and the […]

Francis Clermont

L’art d’être un militaire-diplomate: D’un rôle implicite à une fonction explicite

Author: Francis Clermont Introduction: Le but du présent article est de présenter les façons dont […]

Ben Zweibelson

An Awkward Tango: Pairing Traditional Military Planning to Design and Why it Currently Fails to Work

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Ben Zweibelson

The Ignorant Counterinsurgent Rethinking the Traditional Teacher-Student Relationship in Conflicts

Introduction: Over the past thirteen years, no greater debate has raged among military circles than […]

Grant Martin

Deniers of “The Truth”: Why an Agnostic Approach to Warfare is Key

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Christopher Paparone

Two Faces of Critical Thinking

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Aaron P Jackson

The Perversion of Military Ideas: How Innovative Thinking is Inadvertently Destroyed

Abstract: Have you ever read a military concept or doctrine publication, or an academic or […]

Grant Martin

The Sublime: The Paradox of the 7th Warfighting Function

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Aaron P Jackson

Paradigms Reconsidered

This article revisits Thomas Kuhn’s conceptualization of “paradigm” and discusses its applicability to strategy. Although […]

Grant Martin

Zero dark squared: Does the US benefit from more Special Operations Forces?

Author: Grant Martin Abstract:  There is no question that the number of United States Special Operations […]

Ben Zweibelson

THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’… ARE WE?

Abstract: These three military authors offer a unique perspective into design thinking and military sense-making. They […]

Grant Martin

The Zero Dark Six Sigma Learning Organization Black Belt

Author: Grant Martin Introduction excerpt: what lessons should businesses take- if any- from the U.S. […]

Ben Zweibelson

Preferring Copies with No Originals: Does the Army Training Strategy Train to Fail?

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Christopher Paparone

Strategy as a Dead Metaphor

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Grant Martin

Acting in the Human Domain, but Educating for the Physical Domains

Author: Grant Martin *Note: The above chart graphic does not display properly in pdf format. For […]

Aaron P Jackson

The Roots of Military Doctrine: Change and Continuity in Understanding the Practice of Warfare

Author: Aaron P. Jackson Introduction: This monograph examines military doctrine and explains why understanding its […]

Ben Zweibelson

Three Design Concepts Introduced for Strategic and Operational Applications

Author: Ben Zweibelson Introduction Excerpt: Many discussions on design theory applications within military contexts often revolve around […]

Ben Zweibelson

Frame Reflection: A Critical Review of US Military Approaches to Complex Situations

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Grant Martin

Design is Dead!

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Christopher Paparone

The Sociology of Military Science: Prospects for Postinstitutional Military Design

Author: Christopher Paparone, Contributing authors (Ch. 6): Grant Martin, & Ben Zweibelson Abstract: This groundbreaking work challenges modernist […]

Grant Martin

Carl von Clausewitz, Meet Albert Einstein and Max Planck

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Grant Martin

The COiNventional Wisdom

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Ben Zweibelson

Does Design Help or Hurt Military Planning: How NTM-A Designed a Plausible Afghan Security Force in an Uncertain Future, Part I

Author: Ben Zweibelson Author’s Note: Many military professionals and academics ask for tangible examples in a […]

Grant Martin

Disruptive Thinkers: The Disruptive Poets Society

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Grant Martin

On Counterinsurgency: Thoughts on the Re-write of Field Manual 3-24

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Jesús Alberto Ruiz Mora

Calidad En La Educación Militar, Estabilidad En La Democracia: Un Recorrido Histórico Por Las Aulas De La Escuela Militar Colombiana

English Translation: Quality in Military Education, Stability in Democracy: A Historical Journey through the Classrooms of the […]

Grant Martin

Finding Petraeusism in Naglandia

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Ben Zweibelson

Breaking barriers to deeper understanding: how post-modern concepts are ‘value-added’ to military conceptual planning considerations

Author: Ben Zweibelson Author’s Note: this article attempts to stimulate further discourse on what the military […]

Ben Zweibelson

Design Theory and the Military’s Understanding of our Complex World

Author: Ben Zweibelson Author’s Note: Before readers pull their hair out in frustration at yet another […]

Alex Ryan

Applications of Complex Systems to Operational Design

Author: Alex Ryan Abstract: Simon distinguished between the declarative logic of the natural sciences, concerned […]

Alex Ryan

Military Applications of Complex Systems

Author: Alex Ryan Abstract: This chapter presents the science of complex systems that had a significant […]

Ben Zweibelson

Incompatible Systems of Logic: Why Design Should Integrate the Mechanistic, Reductionist, and Linear Logic of Military Detailed Planning

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Ben Zweibelson

To Design or Not to Design: In Conclusion

Author: Ben Zweibelson Introduction Excerpt: Is Design a necessary methodology for the U.S. Army? By codifying […]

Ben Zweibelson

To Design or Not to Design (Part Five): Doctrine and Design: How Analogies and Design Theory Resist the Military Ritual of Codification

Author: Ben Zweibelson Editor’s Note: This essay is part five of a six part series on […]

Ben Zweibelson

To Design or Not to Design (Part 4): Taking Lines out of Non-Linear; How Design Must Escape ‘Tacticization’ Bias of Military Culture

Author: Ben Zweibelson Editor’s Note: This essay is part four of a six part series on design. […]

Ben Zweibelson

To Design or Not to Design (Part 3): Metacognition: How Problematizing Transforms a Complex System towards a Desired State

Author: Ben Zweibelson Editor’s Note: This essay is part three of a six part series on design. […]

Ben Zweibelson

To Design or Not to Design (Part 2): The There Is a Problem with the Word ‘Problem;’ How Unique Vocabulary Is Essential to Conceptual Planning

Author: Ben Zweibelson Editor’s Note: This essay is part two of a six part series on design. […]

Ben Zweibelson

To Design or Not to Design: An Introduction

Author: Ben Zweibelson Introduction: Are the Joint Operational Planning Process (JOPP) and the Military Decision Making […]

Christopher Paparone

Thinking in Fours (Quad-Conceptual Reasoning)

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Christopher Paparone

It’s About Time

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Alex Ryan

The Foundation for an Adaptive Approach: Insights from the science of complex systems

Author: Alex Ryan Abstract: Many who have studied the issue agree that warfare is becoming more […]

Alex Ryan

The Art of Design: A Design Methodology

Author: Stefan J. Banach & Alex Ryan Abstract: The purpose of this article is to describe a […]

Christopher Paparone

Metaphors We Are Led By

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Aaron P Jackson

Moving Beyond Manoeuvre: A Conceptual Coming-of-Age for the Australian and Canadian Armies

This article discusses and contrasts conceptual developments in the Australian and Canadian armies as a […]

Christopher Paparone

The Reflective Military Practitioner

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Alex Ryan

Adapting C2 to the 21st Century: Operationalising Adaptive Campaigning Topics

Author: Alex Ryan Abstract: For highly complex missions, it is not realistic to expect to […]

Alex Ryan

About the bears and the bees: Adaptive responses to asymmetric warfare

Author: Alex Ryan  Abstract: Conventional military forces are organised to generate large scale effects against […]

Christopher Paparone

Principles of War as Paradox

Author: Christopher Paparone Download PDF Having trouble viewing? If the article does not display after a few […]