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Quote of the day: To improve the U.S. military, brutally examine its assumptions

"The identification and exploration of anomalies is essential to military innovation. . . . The irony is that in seeking relentlessly to prove our assumptions wrong, over time we are more likely to have the right assumptions."-Andrew Hill and Charles D. Allen in the July issue of ARMY magazine.  

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"The identification and exploration of anomalies is essential to military innovation. . . . The irony is that in seeking relentlessly to prove our assumptions wrong, over time we are more likely to have the right assumptions."-Andrew Hill and Charles D. Allen in the July issue of ARMY magazine.  

"The identification and exploration of anomalies is essential to military innovation. . . . The irony is that in seeking relentlessly to prove our assumptions wrong, over time we are more likely to have the right assumptions."-Andrew Hill and Charles D. Allen in the July issue of ARMY magazine.  

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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