Proliferating Decision Makers: Root Cause of the Next RMA
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The proliferation of far more autonomous and decentralized decision makers on the future battlefield will bring about a genuine revolution in military affairs RMA. The levee en mass is an example of a social rather than a technical RMA and, consequently, one of greater duration and more worthy of emulation. The author examines the diverse disciplines of history, economics, chaos and complexity theory, and the theory and nature of war for insights into the potential for a true RMA based on proliferating decision makers. The author examines comparative economic theories suggesting that proliferating decision makers is the root of the free markets success, and that the social and cultural habits that make the market work are fungible to produce a dominance over more hierarchical systems of command and control, similar to the dominance of free markets over centralized planned economies. The proliferation of more autonomous small unit decision makers should be a precept of army after next initiatives.
- Administration and Management
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics