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As urban populations climb, so does the probability that the US Army will be called to operate in a dense urban environment for operations ranging from disaster relief to counterinsurgency and beyond.
This article marked the first of a year-long series of articles that surveyed emergent patterns and trends in political violence, strategic competition, and military innovation.
The authors summarize recommendations developed by SSG IV for the CSA based on its study of an essential strategic question: How can the Army make its acquisition process lead to effective innovation.
Military Transformation: Applying the Kotter Eight-Step Methodology for Change in the U.S. Armed Services
SSG Cohorts II and III devoted considerable effort to helping the Army frame and develop solutions for the challenges of combat in megacities and dense urban terrain.
The mission of the Army Future Studies Group (AFSG) is to prepare Army officers and civilians to assume key leadership roles within the Army Future Force Modernization Enterprise (FFME).
The AFSG is an element of Headquarters Department of the Army attached to Army Futures Command (AFC) headquarters. Its mission is to educate officers in innovative methods for building high-performing teams, futures analysis, concept development, requirements generation and development of modernization strategies. It also familiarizes Fellows with the institutional structure and functions of the Army FFME. The AFSG was originally established by GEN Raymond Odierno as the Chief of Staff of the Army Strategic Studies Group (CSA SSG) in the summer of 2012. Over the past six years the group has developed a variety of research and analysis products that have positively impacted the U.S. Army at many levels, most recently serving as the planning cadre for the establishment of the AFC.
The AFSG is an element of Headquarters Department of the Army working in support of Army Futures Command (AFC) headquarters. Its mission is to educate officers in innovative methods for futures analysis, concept development, requirements generation and the development of modernization strategies. It also familiarizes Fellows with the breadth of the Army FFME.
The AFSG was originally established by GEN Raymond Odierno as the Chief of Staff of the Army Strategic Studies Group (CSA SSG) in the summer of 2012. Over the past six years the group has developed a variety of research and analysis products that have positively impacted the U.S. Army at many levels, most recently serving as the planning cadre for the establishment of the AFC.
2019 ACADEMIC CALENDAR
2019 ACADEMIC CALENDAR
This block is built around modern business practices for dealing with complexity and the promotion of innovation. The curriculum focuses on the application of dialogue, design thinking, systems analysis, and behavioral economics to future Army challenges.
This block covers research and analysis in three critical areas of future studies: intelligence-based threat futures, technology watch and horizon scanning programs, and global trends analysis using global systems modeling. Future scenario generation and writing is incorporated in the FSOE block.
This block covers the relationship between national security strategy and military concepts, writing and critiquing military concepts, and the employment of wargamingfor the critical evaluation of concepts and historical lessons learned. Workshops and readings cover a range of historical cases. The history, methodology, and application of net assessment is covered in a week long exercise with the American Association of Strategic Education.
This block familiarizes the cohort with the organizations and processes governing the Army FFME at the Army, Joint Staff/OSD, and national levels. The cohort attends a customized one-week block of instruction with the Army Force Management School and a series of seminars/workshops with the Army Staff, Joint Staff, OSD CAPE, ONA, and HASC/SASC staff. Following an executive-level overview of the Acquisitions process and associated procurement law, Fellows conduct and present case studies of previous Army acquisition successes and failures.
The AFSG program develops change agents for the future. Innovation is a fundamental element of success for any organization; we believe that this requires investing in our people.
All AFSG work is done in a team environment. We create a ‘group IQ’ which greatly exceeds our individual IQs by developing common understanding of problems and solutions, and through sharing our individual knowledge and experiences freely across the group.
In the AFSG ideas have no rank; we draw forth the best ideas from the group. Our concept teams refine their ideas through rigorous debate and professional critique, including internal and external reviews. It is vital that the group works together in an atmosphere of professional courtesy and respect; as professional colleagues we give and receive critical feedback without rancor.
Unconventional, and Unconstrained. A principal goal of the AFSG is to expand our team’s perspectives on a wide range of topics, allowing them to break out of personal and institutional biases and look for solutions to Army challenges wherever they may be found.