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US Strategic Command: Information Sharing Ready Room

.. the speed of informing someone, of bringing key relevant information was so much quicker in a brutal no rank ready room, the downside that we have found is extremely small, the upsides are the intellectual capital, the speed to which you gain information; and context for decisions, and planning and execution. I have not found anything that comes even close. – Gen James Cartwright, US Strategic Command.

Two hundred years ago Napoleon designed a command and control system for military forces to work out the ambiguity of information. We’ve pretty much left it alone. Its still here. So how do you start to change a system that starts at the bottom of one cylinder, moves to the top over and down and up again. I know it sounds familiar because every bureaucracy basically does that and the size of the Headquarters is directly relevant to the amount of ambiguity that you are dealing with and you’re trying to wash it out. Unfortunately if you put a line of people together in junior high school and they tell a secret at one end, what comes out at the end, doesn’t often have any relevance to the problem you are trying to solve. That was the activity that pushed me that pushed me to see what was out there, to challenge the culture to move to the three week problem, not the thirty year problem. …. What tools will have the greatest leverage, the quickest. At the end of the day, that is what we are looking for. So those were the types of things we were looking for. Its not just blogging, but it became the most leveraging tool of them all. …. The speed of informing someone, bringing key relevant information was so much quicker in this environment, than it was in a phone conference.

If you decide to enter into a conversation… as a senior person, in at least rank, you can be globally stupid, and you can do it very quickly and if that bothers you, then you are going to have to toughen up the hide. In the military structure, that is something that is a paradigm shift. But if you can’t stand being globally stupid once in a while, this is not the space for you. The other piece was that people in the rank structure worried that they would somehow breach it, and you would have inappropriate comments. What we did was that we turned it into — for an aviator what was called a ready room — where we have an environment, where for training purposes we wash off the rank stuff; and it is brutal. And we just turned this environment into that; and it is brutal. If you are misbehaving it gets policed so quickly. That the downside that we have found is extremely small. The upsides are the intellectual capital, the speed to which you gain information; and context for decisions, and planning and execution. I have not found anything that comes close, not even close. Many people use this for many reasons, I can focus on the enemy, got that, can focus on higher headquarters, and the organization can turn on a 24 hour clock, very very quickly. …. the conversation is going in real time; you can get to a decision; you can understand the parameters of your problem, very quickly. It is perfect information. No. Do you understand the pedigree of the data that you are dealing with? No. Welcome to real life. If I had perfect data. If I understood the pedigree of all that data I might be able to make a better decision; but it would be perfectly irrelevant; because the time would have passed. We get paid to take risk, to manage the risk. Having no information is a lot worse than having a broad array of information; that you start to understand the error of the bar, and you get good context; and then you make the best decision that you can. – Gen James Cartwright US Strategic Command 010203.
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James Edward “Hoss” Cartwright (born September 22, 1949) is a retired United States Marine Corps four-star general who last served as the eighth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from August 31, 2007, to August 3, 2011. He previously served as the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, from September 1, 2004, to August 10, 2007, and as Acting Commander, U.S. Strategic Command from July 9, 2004, to September 1, 2004. He retired from the Marine Corps on August 3, 2011, after nearly 40 years of service.
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John Nash: .. taking Consideration of Napoleonism, ….

May 9 …. taking consideration of Napoleonism … – letter by John Nash.
–  BBC: A Brilliant Madness: John Nash documentary.



A leader is a dealer in hope ….. The only conquests which are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves  …… Women are nothing but machines for producing children ……. If we could read the past histories of all our enemies we would disregard all hostility for them ……. The word impossible is not in my dictionary ……… History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. ………. Great people are like meteors: they flash and burn and give light to the world. ……. Ability is nothing without opportunity. … The only victories which leave no regret are those which are gained over ignorance. – Napoleon Bonaparte.

Napoléon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814, and again briefly in 1815 (during the Hundred Days). Napoleon dominated European and global affairs for more than a decade while leading France against a series of coalitions in the Napoleonic Wars. He won most of these wars and the vast majority of his battles, building a large empire that ruled over continental Europe before its final collapse in 1815. One of the greatest commanders in history, his wars and campaigns are studied at military schools worldwide. Napoleon’s political and cultural legacy has endured as one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders in human history.
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US Command and Control Squadron

The United States Air Force’s 153d Command and Control Squadron (153 CACS) is a command and control unit located at F. E. Warren AFB, Wyoming. The 153d Command and Control Squadron (153 CACS) mobilizes communications, automated data processing, and combat logistics for United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) commanders.