Speaking with Dakota Wood

Here’s the interview with Dakota Wood, senior fellow with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments on VH-71, EFV, MV-22, JSF, Seabasing and distributed operations.


— Christian

  • Nick (atacms)

    Excellent podcast. I really enjoyed the discussion on distributed ops, one of my favorite themes that I hope Gen. Mattis pushes this for the entire military considering his position at Joint Forces Command. He should try to levarage that, get with some congressional defense subcommitte and allies in the mid-grade ranks. THere is TOO much experience to not leverage this and for once live up to the rhetoric that our military shows true initiative. Initiative is found aplenty in the enlisted and low to mid ranks, but rarely at the top due to bureucracies selecting a certain persona. Gen. Mattis and Petraeus buck the trend.
    Commander’s intent is where it’s at, give our guys the mission goal and the ingenious ways and different approaches in executing the commander’s intent will not only go a long way towards achieving the mission, but also keeping the enemy off balance due to the myriad and surprising and personal ways in which our troops will execute the mission.
    It’s high time we have the bureaucracy catch up to the reality that our troops are agile and quick thinking and show the initiative to execute the goal without the “paint by numbers” command climate that the bureaucracy tries to push.

  • bdwilcox

    For full disclosure:
    The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) is headed by Andrew Krepinevich who served under Secretary of Defense William Cohen of the Clinton administration, was one of Hillary’s inner-circle of defense advisers during her campaign, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a globalist organization.

  • solomon

    disops scares the hell out of me! in my opinion its a hold over from the Rumsfield high tech push. the idea that you’ll purposefully create the Marine Corps equivalent of the 82nd’s “little groups of paratroopers” is beyond insane, it will be criminal! there is no way, the Marines or the Army or anyone will have enough airpower to ever support this concept except in extremely limited operations. KILL THIS CONCEPT!

  • Carl Castellano

    Distributed Ops was not pushed by Rumsfield, it was created and implemented purely by the Marine Corps. The Marine Corps has already tested Distributed Ops to good effects in Afghanistan. Anyone who knows anything about assymetrical/4th-gen/non-state warfare knows this this the direction we need to go.

  • Richard Holmes

    “Distributed operations is a technique applied to an appropriate situation wherein units are separated beyond the limits of mutual support. Distributed operations are practiced by general purpose forces, operating with deliberate dispersion, where necessary and tactically prudent, and decentralized decision-making consistent with commander’s intent to achieve advantages over an enemy in time and space. Distributed operations relies on the ability and judgment of Marines at every level and is particularly enabled by excellence in leadership to ensure the ability to understand and influence an expanded operational environment.”

  • solomon

    hey Carl,
    get a grip! I was at 29 Palms in ’99 when they ran the first experiment. and guess what? the grizzled ole’ corps types thought that the possibility of piecemeal destruction of our forces was too great a possibility and the idea was shelved. then Rummy hit deck and everybody wanted Commando types and all of a sudden this thing is back in vogue. you want to know why this is really a bad idea??? its because it will take a responsiveness on the part of headquarters units that i’ve never seen before. when you have two widely dispersed units that are both under fire with your limited resources how do you support them both. even this concepts supporters acknowledge the dangers of this thing. so no I GOT THE HISTORY RIGHT! I WAS THERE.

  • dakota wood

    my name is dakota wood too