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Planning, Fast and Slow: or how to make military planning work for you

By Dan Hebditch May 20, 2019


Click here to download a copy of the paper - Planning, Fast and Slow: or how to make military planning work for You

This paper is part of the '2017 School of Armour Papers'


In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless but planning is indispensable - Dwight D Eisenhower

Great generals throughout history are distinguished by their capacity to assess and react to rapidly changing military situations. This ability is a combination of natural talent and experience, but how do we train this in the 21st century commander and planner?  In this paper, Daniel outlines historical context, modern cognitive theories and contemporary limitations to answer this question. 




Dan Hebditch

Daniel Hebditch is an Engineer Officer. He has masters degrees in Military History and Defence Studies and is currently posted to the School of Armour.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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