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Landpower in the Long WarProjecting Force After 9/11$
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Jason W. Warren

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813177571

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813177571.001.0001

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Stryker Brigade Combat Team vs Future Combat System

Stryker Brigade Combat Team vs Future Combat System

An Institutional After Action Report on Innovation in the Transformation Decade

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(p.219) 13 Stryker Brigade Combat Team vs Future Combat System
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Landpower in the Long War
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David Fastabend

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813177571.003.0014

This chapter extends the time-honored tactical technique of the Operating Force--the After Action Report--and applies it to two transformation efforts of the US Army: the successful fielding of the Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), and the ill-fated Future Combat System (FCS). Five "institutional innovation challenges" are applied to each effort: Forecasting the Environment. Did the Army accurately forecast the Operating Environment that shaped these programs? Defining the Problem. Did the Army effectively (and compellingly) define the operational problem(s) the programs should solve? Aligning the Innovation Approach. Was the institutional innovation model properly aligned to Army institutional realities? Exploiting and Mitigating Process. Were the programs able to leverage institutional process while mitigating process limitations and pitfalls? Leveraging the Human Dimension. Did the program properly account for the human factors of leadership, politics, complexity, and culture? The disparate success of these two capability development efforts is clearly traceable to how they fared in addressing these challenges.

Keywords:   capability development, Future Combat System, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Operational Environment, transformation, quality of firsts, DARPA, TRADOC, irreversible momentum

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