February 2024 Articles


Communicate Your Staff Estimates in the Language of Risk

By Tom Gaines and Micah Stedman

This article presents a framework for military staff officers to effectively communicate risks to commanders by introducing an equation, Risk = Requirement - (Capability + Resources). This approach helps staff officers provide clear, actionable information to commanders, enabling informed decision-making in military operations. This article highlights the Strengthening the Profession of Arms focus area.

Link to the article | More from the Green Notebook

Notable Quote

“As staff members, our job is to gain and maintain options for the commander to run the organization and accomplish the mission.”


Land Warfare and the Air-Ground Littoral

This article discusses the significant role of small unmanned aerial systems in modern warfare, highlighting the need for the U.S. Army to adapt its strategy, training, and technology to the evolving air-ground littoral battlefield. This article sits between the Continuous Transformation and Warfighting focus areas.

Link to the article | More from the Army Aviation magazine

Notable Quote

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Data Modernization for HR Professionals

By Maj. Brian T. Johnson and Maj. Jeffrey T. Wilson

This article highlights the importance of data literacy and analytics skills for HR professionals while emphasizing the need to be trained and proficient in data-centric decision-making and effectively utilize modern HR systems like IPPS-A. This article reinforces the Delivering Ready Combat Formations focus area.

Link to the article | More from the Army Sustainment magazine

Notable Quote

“As the Army advances in the 21st century, the tools are expanding from Excel to IPPS-A and Power BI, so the HR professional workforce must also modernize.”


The Importance of Studying Military History

By Maj. Shameek De Lancey

This article argues that studying military history enhances critical and creative thinking skills, aids in the development and evaluation of military doctrine, and provides valuable lessons from past experiences. This article nests itself within the Strengthening the Profession of Arms focus area.

Link to the article | More from the Infantry magazine

Notable Quote

“Let him read and meditate upon the wars of the great captains: It is the only way to learn the art of war.”


Implementing Lessons Learned to Build a Better Command Post

By Captain Shawn R. Bottoms

This article shares lessons on modernizing tactical operation centers for improved mobility and efficiency, drawing lessons from Russian experiences in Ukraine. This article nests itself in the Warfighting focus area.

Link to the article | More from Engineer

Notable Quote

“The simplest way to impart mobility to a static object is to add wheels. In the case of TOC infrastructure, [...] to increase mobility consists of two light medium tactical vehicles (LMTVs) and one LMTV trailer.”