New Year, New Administration: Ready or Not?

Original Post: 22 Feb, 2007, Updated 11 Jan, 2009
After introducing Project White Horse 084640 in October 2006 as an electronic magazine focused on decision making in unconventional-hyper complex-worst case disasters, the next step for this website was the opening of a forum for exchange of ideas. Not intended as a day-day blog, the idea was to allow publishing – either by myself or others – of articles “between” editions.
The thrust was not/is not the day-day of terrorism or HLS but rather questions regarding the long term implications to leaders and decision makers in light of a combined result dynamic possibly un-faced by civilization to date…(Mother Nature, Information technology/Internet, Globalization, War carried out amongst the people)
Question still pertinent after over seven years since 9-11and three years past Katrina : What if nothing leaders have ever been taught or experienced is sufficient to the problem? …

The development and exploration of critical “operational threads” for future editions is still necessary. It would appear to me that education for wearing a uniform in Detroit … or in Baghdad requires a global focus as well as local. Lessons in one are needed in the other.
Here are some issues under consideration:


  1. Civil-military joint response and military integration with National Incident Command System mandate
  2. How  Organizations respond
  3. Team of Leaders (TOL) concept as discussed in detail on previous posts (derived from Commander Leader Teams (CLT) concept). This has interesting implications/carry over for civilian Incident Command/NIMS
  4. “Separated but Unified” – Common outlook for multiple organizations needed in the face of hyper complex disaster events. LL from decision making in the crucible of the Hanoi Hilton as intriguing example.
  5. Network Enabled Operations and use of Knowledge management concepts in crisis preplanning and operations
  6. Col John Boyd’s OODA Loop and “Destruction – Creation” in the 21st Century
  7. Overcoming a negative start OODA Loop
  8. Regaining Relative Superiority (from SPEC Ops by Admiral William McRaven)
  9. Defining the “The Enlightened Soldier” better yet “The enlightened AND resilient community” in the 21st Century

To date some of these issues have been addressed.  But the events in Mumbai, the economic woes, continued violence in Gaza, the turmoil in Mexico all signify a continuing volatile world.  Correctly labeled “War” or not, confrontation and conflict (open violence) persists.

Are we well enough prepared for that we can predict? 

Are we ready for the Black Swan- the unknown unexpected?

Discussion of these threads and others will continue to periodically posted. What are your thoughts? Suggestions? New Threads?

Ed @ White Horse

email me: projectwhitehorseatroadrunnerdotcom (note anti-spam format)








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