A Complex Adaptive Systems Approach to the Future Operational Environment
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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Military and political leaders often claim that we are facing a complex future, but do not specify why this is so. Is the world truly becoming more complex If so, why and how is it becoming more complex This monograph uses multidisciplinary analysis and synthesis to answer these questions. Using these tools, it develops a complex adaptive systems view to explain the underlying trends that drive changes in the operational environment, from the micro to the macro. Increasing growth of technological capability provides an incredible integrating capability that allows for individual and group development. The tempo and tendencies of this relationship result in an operational environment that is increasingly diverse, particularized, and subject to rapid change. Rather than a flat world, the operational environment is shown to be an increasingly differentiated, dancing landscape that requires creative, flexible, and agile responses from the Joint force.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics