Engineering Design Theory: Applying the Success of the Modern World to Campaign Creation
Author(s)Bullock, Xander L.
Contributor(s)ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
KeywordsMilitary Operations, Strategy and Tactics
MDMP(MILITARY DECISION MAKING PROCESS)
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AbstractThis monograph directly addresses design, and incorporates elements of Engineering Design Theory to the codified, social act of campaign creation using art, science, and craft. The monograph gives a definition of design and discusses the appropriate language for design. Furthermore, design is expressed as the evolution of military craft, and a blending of military art and military science. Therefore, the monograph is staunchly pro-design, and presents the incorporation of design thinking at the operational and strategic levels as a moral imperative. The argument that MDMP or JOPP are appropriate for the creation of strategy is rejected herein, and design is presented as the next manifestation of campaign creation. Engineering Design, as a theory of social creation, recommends a cultural shift away from single authorship or commander centric leadership. Engineering philosophy, which examines social creation, bounded rationality (stochasticity), competitive creation, risk and safety, intentionality, and methodology, is directly analogous to the needs of military campaign philosophy. The engineering methodology of proceeding through the cognitive phases of divergence, transformation, and convergence is explicated in a way that should inform military thinking. Finally, there is an introduction to appropriate design team size, the design charrette, and design methods (some of which are included in Appendix I).
The original document contains color images.