Here are the 21 entries that I ran in the essay contest about the one thing the U.S. military needs to do most to adapt to the Information Age. Not surprisingly, a lot of them were about cyber. But a surprising number also were about military personnel policy, which junior officers especially seem to feel is anachronistic.
Now it is time to vote for the one you think is best. You get two votes. Please send them as “First choice: Number xx” and “Second choice: Number YY.” You can either post your vote in the comments, or e-mail to me using the address over on the right under the ugly drawing of me. Please do within the next two weeks. Results will be posted at the beginning of June.
One of these essays — no. 13 — already has been republished elsewhere.
1. Information control is the desired effect, so cyber will be key in limited warfare — especially non-kinetic
2. Say farewell to linearity and brace yourself for the dispersed mass
3. To bring the military into the Information Age, get and keep the right people — often as couples
4. Use technology to strip terrorists and insurgents of anonymity
5. Embrace the new tactics & learn to troll, flame, and pwn
6. We need personnel aware of a new electronic environment and also to move away from COTS
7. We need to learn how to cut through the new megadata fog of war
8. Ain’t no silver bullet out there. We already are innovating, and most of these contest essays are bullshit.
9. What should we change? Let’s start with our culture
10. Counterintuitively, Info Age warfare will be all about people
11. The info revolution has arrived — but don’t tell our PME system
12. We need to get back on the road to technological dominance
13. We need effective operations in the realm of social media | also at Stars and Stripes
14. We need to develop organizations that embrace innovation
15. We’ve lost the first wars of the Information Age, so it is time to revamp the military personnel system
16. What we need to do is admit that we are unable to win our wars
17. We need an Information Age personnel system
18. We need to broaden and change how we think about conflict
19. The military needs a more innovative cyber force structure
20. Capitalize on native speakers of the digital languages
21. For the user, innovation is needed, expensive, & tricky
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