Academic journal article Military Review

Technology and Decisionmaking

Academic journal article Military Review

Technology and Decisionmaking

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In this issue, Military Review looks at three areas of interest to military professionals: technology and decisionmaking, mentorship, and women in combat.

Simulation is an ever-growing dimension of training. Fighting computerized wargames to train division and corps staffs has been accepted as affordable alternatives to training in the dirt. Increasingly, however, simulation is being used to train tactical warfighting skills. In "Using Tactical Decision Exercises to Study Tactics," Frank Brewster II argues that tactical decision games based on historical examples are essential to developing and sharpening tactical warfighting skill. In "Clausewitz Meets Learning Agent Technology," Antonio Lopez, Jr., Jerome Comello, Michael Bowman, James Donlon, and Gheorghe Tecuci show how technology is being harnessed at the War College to enable commanders to identify centers of gravity. In "Historically Based Executioncentric Thinking," Brian Steed argues that history provides excellent scenarios for tactical games.

Mentorship continues to be an import topic to the U.S. Army. General Eric K. Shinseki, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, says that mentorship is essential to growing the next generation of Army officers. The authors in this section examine the role of mentors and the state of mentorship in the U.S. Army. Charles J. Dalcourt, Jr., considers his own personal experience with mentors in "Mentorship: Establishing a Legacy, Shaping the Future. …

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