Systems Archetypes for Military Dynamic Decision Making

Archétypes de Systèmes pour une Prise de Décision Dynamique dans le Domaine Militaire


  1. Rehak, L.A.
  2. Lamoureux, T.M.
  3. Bos, J.C.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
The complex and dynamic nature of operations-other-than-war (OOW) (e.g., peace support, the 3-block war concept) in which Canada and allied nations are increasingly involved requires Canadian Forces (CF) officers to call upon high-level dynamic decision making (DDM) skills to an unprecedented degree, especially at the strategic and operational levels. One possible method of improving the DDM skills of CF personnel is the application of ‘systems thinking’, in particular, the possibility that a limited number of recurring patterns (archetypes) can be used to explain all military situations and thus aid DDM. If successful, this approach would enable the CF to achieve its objectives efficiently with minimal unexpected outcomes (e.g. second- and third-order effects). This work looked into the applicability of archetypes for training DDM, through analyzing and modeling military history scenarios. The applicability of existing archetypes is discussed along with suggestions concerning new archetypes that apply to military scenarios.

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dynamic decision making;systems thinking;military decision making;command and control;microworlds;training;dynamic systems simulation;strategic and operational decision making;OOW;Operations other than war;Archetypes;System archetypes;System dynamics;Effects-based operations;System analyses
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2006-202 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
31 Mar 2006
Number of Pages
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