Accession Number : ADA583529


Title :   The Demise of Decision Making: How Information Superiority Degrades Our Ability to Make Decisions


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT


Personal Author(s) : Kirk, Christopher J


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA583529


Report Date : 20 May 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 24


Abstract : The quest for information superiority degrades the decision making ability of United States military leaders and the situation will worsen without adjustments to professional military education and training. This pursuit has degraded American military leaders' ability to make intuitive judgments, develop creative solutions, and critically consider a situation. Additionally, this hunt for more information increases a leader's risk aversion and propensity to micromanage subordinate leaders, two trends that can quickly erode trust among the force. Despite the claims of some, information superiority can increase fog and friction of war for military leaders instead of reducing or removing them. It is for these reasons the United States military should address shortfalls in education and training to decrease the chance of self-inflicted decision failures.


Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING , *DEFICIENCIES , *FAILURE , *INFORMATION WARFARE , *LEADERSHIP , *MILITARY COMMANDERS , *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , CENTRALIZED , COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS , CREATIVITY , JUDGEMENT(PSYCHOLOGY) , MENTAL ABILITY , MILITARY TRAINING , RISK


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE