RFI: 2008 Boyd/5GW/RC

Request for interest, that is.

University of PEIThere is an opportunity to hold a short, intense seminar on the applicability of Boyd’s ideas, particularly operating inside the OODA loop and grand strategy (sustaining our own morale and attracting the uncommitted), on the weekend of September 20 and 21 at the University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PEI. That’s Canada for all you geographically challenged wonks south of the border.

PurposeWaterfront on PEI

The theme would be applying these ideas to conflict in the post-Iraq era, and more specifically to the types of diffused, networked, “open source” armed conflicts that some have called “fifth generation warfare.” We are also interested in exploring solutions, such as the role of “resilient communities” (RC), for countering them.

We envision this as a working seminar to help shape the policy agenda in the first year of the new administration. So we’re looking for a couple dozen attendees, all of whom would either make short presentations on their areas of interest or participate in panel discussions and working groups. We also hope that the participants will leave with their own agenda items — to improve resilience within their organizations or to prepare articles and opeds on these subjects in the months after the seminar.

Next step

Bike trail on PEIIf you think you might be interested, please send an email to info at d-n-i dot net. There will be a small fee to cover the cost of the facility (quite modest on the weekend) and coffee and doughnuts. There is no obligation, but because these things involve a lot of work to set up, we would like to gauge the level of interest before proceeding.

Chet Richards
Rob Paterson

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4 Responses to “RFI: 2008 Boyd/5GW/RC”

  1. deichmanson 29 Apr 2008 at 9:48 am 1

    Any chance we could make it in October? With a baby due in late Sept., I won’t be traveling much after Labor Day….

  2. robbiepaton 29 Apr 2008 at 12:17 pm 2

    Shane
    I as the host have the same problem – my daughter is due in mid October – so having missed most of her school plays and sports days as a dad (please don’t do what I did) I have to be free in October to back stop my wife.

    Yours in dadness
    Rob Paterson

  3. maximilliangcon 29 Apr 2008 at 7:46 pm 3

    I’m potentialy interested.

    I dougbt there’s a flight out of Burlington VT,
    so, I’d be looking at Montreal.

    Or if anyone’s interested if car pooling.
    from the NE.

    It might be the ideal setting to deliver a disertation
    on how Canada effectively dealt with it’s internalised
    4GW scenario against the FLQ. This involved
    taking action inside the decision cycle of the extreamists, and in mitigating the underling greivance, to a degree whereby, pulling the rug out from under them, and alienating thier sympathy and popular support, but not without some substantial sacrifice.

    MaXimillian.

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