Maybe PowerPoint Isn’t The Enemy…
Everybody remembers this thing right?
The New York Times ran a front-page story in April about General Stanley McChystal’s reaction when he was briefed this PowerPoint slide. It also highlighted the “PowerPoint backlash“[also linked in NYT article] that is happening in different places in the military.
The other morning I found THIS gem in the first article of the March-April issue of Military Review [Article: “Unleashing Design: Planning the Art of Battle Command” by BG Edward C. Cardon, U.S. Army]
So it turns out that this kind of tangled visualization chaos is something close to doctrine when describing the operational environment, which is what I imagine Gen. McChrystal’s briefer was trying to do.
Jeering at his briefer about a his PowerPoint slide doesn’t seem very helpful (jeering hasn’t really served Gen. McChrystal well lately anyhow) at trying to understand what the briefer was doing – portraying the situation with the most recent planning design strategies.
General McChrystal was looking at the war. In light of this, perhaps he should have been quoted: “When we understand that war, we will have won the war.”