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PODCAST: Tactical Decision Games with Bruce Gudmundsson and Don Vandergriff

Military leaders are faced with a dilemma unique among the professions. While doctors get to practice medicine, architects get to design buildings, and educators get to teach students on a daily basis, military professionals spend the vast majority of their careers preparing to do a job they rarely, and in some fortunate cases, never have to actually perform.

The Learning Insurgency: It’s an Evolution, not a Revolution By Donald E. Vandergriff

If the USMC wants to improve the decision-making, adaptability and other core warfighting skills, then we must change the way Marines learn from the current approach (which is internal process-focused, primarily based on the “Competency theory”) to a new approach (which is externally, effect/outcome-focused) more aligned with the outcomes we are seeking (see Figure 1 below). This figure was created by the recent students from the Tactics Instruction Section at USMC Officer Candidate School or OCS.

How the Germans Defined Auftragstaktik: What Mission Command is - AND - is Not by Don Vandergriff

Don Vandergriff has his latest article in the Small Wars Journal, on how Auftragstaktik (Mission Command) developed and why.

We Made the Mandatory Reading for the US Army MPs

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Got this great news from Don Vandergriff this morning.

Military Reform Through Education: From The Straus Military Reform Project, Something We In Policing Can Learn From

Photo of Don Vandergriff instructing with a map

(Don Vandergriff conducting a map exercise. Photo courtesy of Dan Grazier.)

Almost all of the news regarding the military these days has to do with either a weapons system or budget fights. This clearly demonstrates Washington’s misplaced defense priorities on hardware over people. Any military force is only as good as the people who serve in it. Almost as important are the ideas they wield.

Teaching Adaptability…and Firearms Training

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“Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.” ~ Peter T. McIntyre

ITOA News: Articles By John Farnam, Patrick Van Horne, Jeff Chudwin, Don Vandergriff, Yours Truly and More

This edition of the ITOA News has some very important articles.

  • Henk Iverson: has a great piece on John S. Farnam titled Master Trainer
  • John Farnam himself has a piece titled The Alamo!
  • Eric Perkins—Director ITOA: Field Training Exercise (FTX)—Illinois State Police District 5 Headquarters—Night Shoot
  • Fred Leland: OODA Loop’s, Street Cop’s and the Strategic Game of Interaction
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