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Accession Number ADA564038
Title Design's Mechanism -- General Morphological Analysis.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 40p
Personal Author J. L. Miller
Abstract The increasing contact of the U.S. military with wicked problems over the last 20 years has driven the development of Design as a non-linear problem solving methodology. Doctrine provides little guidance on how Design is conducted. Commanders used to the traditional military planning process experience difficulty in leading and implementing a problem solving methodology that lacks structure. This paper presents General Morphological Analysis (GMA) as a Design mechanism that will add structure to solving wicked problems. The paper provides an in-depth presentation of wicked problems, introduces the concept of wicked problem-complexes, presents a general discussion of nonlinear problem solving, and provides a brief history of GMA. It identifies military problems as wicked problems and explains how GMA embodies Design's process and meets Design's goals through the application of Design's fundamentals. The Columbian-FARC problem-complex is modeled to demonstrate how GMA functions as a suitable Design mechanism. Finally, the paper logically links GMA to Design and recommends that GMA become a mechanism for Design.
Keywords Cognition
Cognitive maps
Creative thinking
Critical thinking
Cross-consistency assessment
Define dimensions/variables
Define variable factors
Examine solution/outcome space
Farc(Revolutionary armed forces of colombia)
General morphological analysis
Guerrilla warfare
Military commanders
Military forces(Foreign)
Military planning
Paramilitary forces
Problem complex
Problem solving
Wicked problems

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92E - International Relations
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Naval War Coll., Newport, RI. Joint Military Operations Dept.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1302
Contract Number N/A

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