Enabling Learning through the Assessment Process
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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The problem facing practitioners of emerging Army doctrine is how to expand the use of assessments beyond detailed planning to support conceptual planning during design. This raises the question, will the use of assessments enable the commander to use design throughout the operations process Based on emerging Army doctrine, no gap exists between design, assessments, and the operations process. However, using assessments to support design may fail if commanders and their staffs do not expand the use of assessments beyond detailed planning. This study focuses on three areas design, assessments, and reframing criteria. This study assesses the linkage between assessment and design based on enabling reflection in action, expanding the narrative and supporting discourse. This study shows that employing the methodology of design is required to understand ill-structured problems and that inclusion of collaboration and dialogue during assessments suggests when to reframe. Furthermore, incorporating the environmental and problem narratives during collaboration and dialogue enables the hypotheses testing required to continue to apply the design methodology during execution. The conclusion demonstrates that emerging doctrine provides sufficient tools for commanders and their staffs to remain innovative, adaptable, and execute continual learning. This study recommends that the Army incorporate more training on collaboration and dialogue during professional military education, and conduct future research on the application of emerging doctrine in current operations.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics