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  1. Policy
  2. 14. (SCOA) What is the utility in analyzing Clausewitzian politics from a complex systems approach?
  3. Metanoia-A Shift of Mind (Senge)
  4. COL Arnold's SAMS Planner Nuggets
  5. System
  1. a TBD
  2. b Specific as in policy towards an entity (foreign country / people group), i.e. containment of soviet expansionism; protect the state of Israel; deterrence or appeasement to any specific one. When two or more policies are opposed by two different countries, this tension can lead to war, but not always.
  3. c A larger collection, including one or more populations of agents and possibly also artifacts. Or...a number of strategic actors interacting.
  4. d Systems thinking needs the disciplines of building shared vision, mental models, team learning, and personal mastery to realize its potential. Building a shared vision fosters commitment to the long-term. Mental models focus on the openness needed to unearth shortcomings in our present ways of seeing the world. Team learning develops the skills of groups of people to look for the larger picture that lies beyond individual perspectives. And personal mastery fosters the personal motivation to continually learn how our actions affect our world.
  5. e -Master of doctrine, not a slave
    -Comfortable with complexity and ambiguity
    -Do not expect optimal conditions
    -Learn how to think vice what to think
    -Must produce results at the end of the day
    -Tailor your message to audience
    -Lead at all levels
    -Cooperate and collegial atmosphere
    -Shared understanding is vital in the design and planning process. 75-85% of the time goes into this.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. Leadership is critical. Must select the right commander, and that commander needs specific traits. Parts of Sun Tzu are really leadership lessons.

    Importance of study. Each battle/war is unique, and requires study. It is the many lists of attributes and types that support this study - much like METT-TC, ASCOPE, PMESII-PT, etc today.

    War is expensive and destructive. Should be avoided when possible. If not possible, only commit resources (men) when victory is assured.

    Does recognize the enemy will attempt to do the same things he is suggesting.

    Need to know about enemy commander.

    The only way to understand is to have very good intelligence. For Sun Tzu, this meant HUMINT as that was the only type available to him.
  2. A cultural approach allows you to understand how war impact the society.

    War is not just culture, necessary for limited understanding

    A cultural approach allows you to understand how war impacts the society.

    Culture is not a static thing and changes during warfare due to the relationship between war, politics, and the society. Belief that culture is an ambiguous repertoire of competing ideas that can be selected and manipulated vs. a clear script for action.

    Concept that the West defines itself in contrast to the "Other."

    Value of the cultural approach is:
    information requires interpretation of meaning and that requires cultural understanding
    allows strategy to optimally organize resources to accomplish goals
    allows development of achievable vs. utopian goals, and
    culture shapes choices and ideational factors (ideals and norms), which are more important than objective interests
  3. Black (0)
  4. B

5 True/False questions

  1. Control (Freedman)Reciprocal action or miscalculation metaphor that characterizes war.


  2. Engine Start: During Engine Clearing Procedure, re-engage starter belowBlack (0)


  3. Chaos (Gharajedaghi)Just causes of going to war. Encompasses the right intention to use military intervention as a last resort.


  4. 148. GPWS warnings/alerts shall remain ON during flight.
    A. True
    B. False


  5. SCOA course statementOur goal is for you to develop the capability to evaluate this aspect of conflict by studying historical campaigns and military theory from the late eighteenth century through the beginning of the twenty-first century. We will be covering a wide range of topics, theories, case studies, and readings. We study commanders and staffs and see how they planned and executed their campaigns. What did they know? What did they overlook? How did the enemy react? What were the overall results? What can we learn from their experience? How do operational art theory and doctrine help resolve the problems they encountered?
    The intent of the course is not to show a linear progression in the theory and practice of operational art, but rather to look at a wide variety of circumstances that required thinking about and practicing operational art. Several lessons are paired to demonstrate trends, successes and failures, and other aspects.