A properly trained soldier can distinguish a vegetarian from a meat-eater based on their smell, a new Army publication says, since “different diets produce different human odors.”
He or she can to determine the age, gender and even the mental state of a target by studying their footprints.
Not simply a warrior, the ideal soldier is also an intelligence analyst, a cultural anthropologist, and a student of human nature with the ability to confront and overcome adversity — Sherlock Holmes and Leatherstocking and a bit of Tarzan, all in one.
That, at any rate, seems to be the goal of the US Army’s Advanced Situational Awareness program, which trains soldiers to discern even subtle anomalies in the combat environment, to swiftly assess their implications, and to act decisively in response.
Knowledge sharing in the US Army: program seeks to heighten soldier cognition #knowledge-sharing
Over the years I’ve found the military to be an interesting source of KM tools that can be readily applied to business operations. After Action Reviews (AAR), OODA Loops, and the Warfighting doctrine manual all come to mind.
If I were still an active KM practitioner, I would probably immerse myself in this latest publication and see what I could glean from it and apply to whatever my latest KM challenge might have been.
Tom Short Consulting