Changing Mindsets to Transform Security: Leader Development for an Unpredictable and Complex World
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV FORT MCNAIR DC CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY AND NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY
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What was true in Marcus Aurelius Anoninus time is even truer today. It is not just technology that is changing we live in a world of exponential change across all sections of society. The river of time now cascades turbulently across a set of cataracts and is rapidly propelling the ship of state toward a world that is hard to perceive. This future world is not entirely unknowable. As with a French impressionist painting, it is possible to see the broad outlines.2 The rapidly developing academic field of Future Studies has given strategic planners a myriad of methodologies with which to explore these outlines and to parse fact from likely fiction.3 As a result, it is possible to bound the range of future possibilities and to scope the challenge of preparing leaders and organizations for a fast-paced and increasingly complex world.4 This volume examines the challenge of Changing Mindsets to Transform Security by tackling the question of how to develop new leaders for this changing and complex world. This introduction is devoted to underscoring the importance of education within the context of this dynamic environment. It will take a look at recent technological advances and describe how these developments will affect our security environment over the next 20 years. It will also examine some past failures of military education to prepare leaders for change, and underscore the terrible price paid when this challenge is not met. Lastly, this introduction will preview the following sections that examine the concepts of how one best develops leaders to adapt to the complex world in which we do and will live. The junior officers and enlisted personnel entering our services today will be our senior leaders in 30 years. To understand the magnitude of change they will experience, it is instructive to look back 30 years to 1983 to remind ourselves of the world we have already left behind.
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