Accession Number : ADA545529


Title :   21st Century Small Unit Leaders: Developing the Ultimate Smart Power Weapon


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV NORFOLK VA JOINT ADVANCED WARFIGHTING SCHOOL


Personal Author(s) : Gideons, Christopher D


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a545529.pdf


Report Date : 17 Jun 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 105


Abstract : Globalization and the information age have created an environment in which small unit leaders have operational and strategic importance. The demands of the Irregular Warfare require small unit leaders within the General Purpose Forces to be more culturally aware; intellectually adaptable; seasoned in their decision-making requiring fundamental changes in the way they are educated, trained, and gain experience. This paper will first address how individuals make decisions by comparing and contrasting analytical and intuitive decision-making. Second, it will address the strengths and weaknesses in current training and educational paradigms via an analysis of the Systems Approach to Training. Third will be a proposal for the inclusion of new initiatives for developing small unit leader intuition and adaptability in IW. Following this are recommendations for inculcating critical thinking and decision-making skills in small unit leaders by adopting methods of instruction found in Outcomes Based Training and Education and Adaptive Leaders Methodology as well as the experiential based learning that immersive training environments provide.


Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING , *MILITARY PERSONNEL , *LEADERSHIP , ENVIRONMENTS , EDUCATION , SKILLS , MODELS , TRAINING , THESES , SYSTEMS APPROACH , POWER , ADAPTATION , WARFARE , LEARNING , WEAPONS , METHODOLOGY


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE