InterJournal Complex Systems, 829
Status: Accepted
Manuscript Number: [829]
Submission Date: 2004
Complexity and Army Transformation
Author(s): Major Mark T. Calhoun

Subject(s): CX.4

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Abstract:

As a component of current Department of Defense initiatives to transform the United States Military, the U.S. Army is undergoing an innovative process termed "Army Transformation." This paper investigates whether the current methodology of Army Transformation embodies the characteristics of complex adaptive systems and the manner in which these systems best attain innovation. The study analyzes the degree to which change agents were distributed throughout military organizations during the Napoleonic era and the German interwar period prior to World War II, identifying the correlation between high degrees of distribution of change agents, and innovative success. This analysis serves as a means by which to determine whether Army Transformation demonstrates patterns of change agent distribution similar to those observed in the historically successful models.

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