Accession Number : ADA562302
Title : The Concept of Design: Are We off Track?
Descriptive Note : Master's thesis
Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV NORFOLK VA JOINT ADVANCED WARFIGHTING SCHOOL
Personal Author(s) : Gukeisen, Thomas B
Report Date : 15 Jun 2012
Pagination or Media Count : 88
Abstract : This thesis examines design as a methodology for applying critical and creative thinking to further an understanding of interdependent variables seeking an internal and external equilibrium to support decisions based on an assessment of capability and ability within the Joint Operation Planning Process (JOPP). The process of design brings clarity, defines the critical challenges, and builds an analytical bridge between the problem and action. Design is essential, but it is misunderstood. What went wrong in the application of design to military doctrine can be distilled into four major points: (1) Lack of clarity as to where design fits, (2) Confusion of design with the commander's intent and guidance, (3) Mixing of design and mission analysis, and (4) Profusion of terms to replace the original design precepts. To get design back on track, doctrine must define the relationship between design and its linkages in a hierarchical planning structure favored by military services; define where and how design fits in the JOPP (design no longer remains as a separate and distinct process); and define where original design precepts and terms clearly reside.
Descriptors : *DECISION MAKING , *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , *MILITARY DOCTRINE , *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , *MILITARY PLANNING , *PROBLEM SOLVING , CREATIVITY , EVOLUTION(GENERAL) , METHODOLOGY , SYSTEMS APPROACH , THESES
Subject Categories : Administration and Management
Military Forces and Organizations
Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE