The Complexity of War

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Are some recent wars the result of over simplistic Power Point driven thinking?

This is a recent Power Point slide of the US military’s view of the Afghanistan War. Clearly unworkable as a Power Point. But that is the point: we often cannot reduce the complexity of a war or other major conflict to a few bland bullet points on a Power Point. Some people I knew in the corporate world used to talk about ‘crisp’ presentations: it came to make my want to throw up! They represented an attempt to seduce into shallow thinking.

We need to pay attention, get into the data, the causal loops and really think about many possible solutions, to think outside the box. Eventually, we have to distill this complexity down into a decision for action, for a strategy. But there is a profound difference (as Albert Einstein noted) between the simplicity that lies…

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