ABSTRACT

Principles of Asymmetry   [open pdf - 754KB]

"This study explores the changes that might be called for in the Department of Defense (DOD) learning environment to meet the challenges facing the United States as it responds to the asymmetric threats of the 21st century. In DOD planning terms, the concept of an asymmetric threat can be included in the concept of irregular war. In addressing this question, the IDA study team concluded that the asymmetric or irregular threats in the 21st century were largely unpredictable. Given the uncertainty of the threat, the key skill that individuals, units, and teams of commanders and leaders need to learn is adaptability-defined as the degree to which adjustments are possible in practices, processes, or structures of systems to projected or actual changes of situation. In this context, the changes of situation are created by an asymmetric threat. Given this conclusion about the nature of the threats facing the United States, the study team set out to determine the elements of adaptability, to determine the extent to which the DOD learning establishment might already be focusing on adaptability learning, and to identify ways the DOD could facilitate efforts to learn to be adaptable."

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2005-08
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