Commander's Appreciation and Campaign Design: A New Approach to Complex Problems

Wednesday September 3, 2008

What is it?

Commander's Appreciation and Campaign Design (CACD) is a new cognitive methodology for the design and execution of military campaigns. Published as TRADOC Pamphlet 525-5-500, CACD was developed for today's complex, adaptive operational environment, which requires a more robust, commander-centric approach to resolve problems.

What has the Army done?

Since its publication in January 2008, CACD has been presented or explored in a variety of military and non-military venues. During the 2008 Unified Quest campaign of learning, students at the School of Advanced Military Studies used the ideas contained in CACD as a means to approach campaign design in a new way. These student-developed designs were carried into the Army's Future Game and provided a richness of understanding that prompted senior leaders to recommend the institutionalization of CACD's ideas into Army doctrine. In other venues, CACD has received wide support as well. From the Army War College Faculty Symposium on campaign planning, to a faculty development session at the Joint Forces Staff College, to The National Centers for Systems of Systems Engineering (NCSOSE) at Old Dominion University, CACD continues to generate discussion about complexity and how organizations approach problem resolution in complex, adaptive situations. The most compelling affirmation for CACD's methodology comes from U.S. Army Central, which directed mandatory reading of the CACD pamphlet for its subordinate commanders and staff.

Why is this important to the Army?

The complexity of today's operational environment requires a different approach to problem resolution. Commanders must develop an appreciation for the complexities of the environment in order to produce a well-framed problem theory and an associated campaign design. CACD is a creative, heuristic, and iterative design methodology that supports Joint and Army processes for the production of plans and orders in complex adaptive situations.

What's planned for the future?

While CACD's approach to problem framing and resolution is intended for operational-level leaders and Army organizations, it has application at any level of war where complex adaptive problems are present. The Army Capabilities Integration Center will continue to present and discuss CACD to the national security community of interest over the next year and incorporate changes that help clarify the approach and methodology.

Resources:

TRADOC Pamphlet 525-5-500

TRADOC Web site

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

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SOCIAL NETWORKING

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • 'Ready Army' campaign begins as part of National Preparedness Month (ARNews)
  • Army releases 2008 Modernization Strategy (ARNews)
  • Army school helps recruits meet requirement for enlistment (ARNews)
  • Guard supporting Gustav evacuees, patrolling New Orleans (ARNews)
  • Guard assisting with convention security in Minnesota (ARNews)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • U.S.-led forces alleged involved in Pakistan attack (WP)
  • U.S. rejects U.N. report on Afghan attack (BG)
  • Opinion: A nuclear deal worth keeping (BG)

OF INTEREST

  • Irobot announces Army contract (BG)
  • Now you will be able to buy official U.S. Army clothing at Sears (AA)
  • Free internet service provided to Rough Rider Soldiers (ARNews)
  • Couples strengthen communication skills at retreat (ARNews)

WORLD VIEW

  • Pakistan PM's motorcade attacked (BBC | Story)
  • Army begins evicting Baghdad squatters (AN | Story)
  • Georgians eager to rebuild army (IHT | Story)
  • U.S. court finds Aafia guilty of attacking U.S. Army (TN | Story)
  • Opinion: EU is at last groping towards a common policy on Russia (GRD | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Experience Army life at the mall (IIF)
  • Dress blues replace greens (TLC)
  • In the grand scheme of things (SBz)

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Events

Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2008: Armed Forces Voter Week:

- Army Voting Assistance Web site

- Federal Voting Assistance Program Web site

September 2008: National Preparedness Month

Sept. 2, 2008: Post World War II Japan

Sept. 7, 2008: Freedom Walk

Sept. 7-13, 2008: National Suicide Prevention Week

Sept. 11, 2008: Patriot Day

Sept. 18, 2008: National Preparedness Awareness Day

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"We've been to combat. We've been to Iraq, and we enjoyed helping the Iraqi people, but helping out our own people in our own state and country - that really counts and means a lot to us."

-Staff Sgt. Guy Bounds, a National Guardsman from Starkville, Miss.

Mississippi Guardsmen provide aid to Gulfport residents

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