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High Velocity Learning at Guadalcanal


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Summary insights from my prize-winning essay for the 2017 CNO Naval History Essay contest.

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High Velocity Learning at Guadalcanal

  1. 1. @Honer_CUT High Velocity Learning at Guadalcanal Trent Hone
  2. 2. High Velocity Learning The Navy has done it before… Especially during the Guadalcanal Campaign 1
  3. 3. • How we think about risk is crucial • Learning is a strategic enabler Guadalcanal – Two Key Points 2
  4. 4. No plan survives contact with the enemy Or… No plan of operations extends with any certainty beyond the first contact with the main hostile force We Plan to Minimize Risk 3
  5. 5. … time is everything, never waste it, keep ahead of it, deny it to the enemy Preparation Requires Time 4
  6. 6. King Pushed for Offensive 5
  7. 7. Callaghan Seized the Initiative 6
  8. 8. Plan for Agility, not Certainty 7
  9. 9. Ability to: • Rapidly adapt to new circumstances • Seize emerging opportunities • Learn at high velocity What is Agility? 8
  10. 10. • Doctrine • Tactics • How we conceptualize how we fight Agility Means… 9 All subject to continual change and refinement
  11. 11. King Leveraged Navy’s Agility 10
  12. 12. Implications of Guadalcanal High Velocity Learning is: • Exploring new practices • Embracing agility • Creating more strategic opportunities 11