Open decision-making

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John Robb has begun speculating on the future of warfare from the point of what Boyd might call the “common outlook.” Robb explores whether the harmonization provided by such a common outlook might limit the “production of novelty,” either its range or its pace, in the current environment.

It’s an interesting question. Boyd’s pattern assumes a “commander’s intent,” and a common outlook permits freedom of action within that intent. As he wrote in Patterns:

A common outlook possessed by “a body of officers” represents a unifying theme that can be used to simultaneously encourage subordinate initiative yet realize superior intent. (74)

But what if there’s no commander?

Check out John Robb’s thoughts on this.

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