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Revolution in Military Affairs

Andrew Carr and Problem-Based Strategy

Season 3, Ep. 12

In this episode of the Revolution in Military Affairs podcast, Dr. Andrew Carr discusses his paper "Strategy as Problem Solving: A Framework for Understanding the Changing Character of Contemporary Competition." The paper examines how great power competition in the 21st century is different from traditional geopolitical competition and argues that a new approach to strategy is needed to address these challenges. Dr. Carr also discusses the role of strategy in addressing specific problems and the importance of asking good questions in the process. Carr defines strategy as problem-solving in complex systems and argues that strategists need to focus on diagnosing problems rather than setting goals. Carr posits that the term "strategy" has become an overused buzzword and proposes a redefinition that centers on problem-solving and harnessing complexity science. Carr also discusses the idea of strategy as problem solving a methodology that differs from traditional approaches to teaching strategy. He also discusses ways to teach this methodology, including the use of case studies and the need for active learning in professional education. 

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