Occasionally, during times of peace, military forces achieve major warfighting innovations. Terry Pierce terms these developments 'disruptive innovations' and shows how senior leaders have often disguised them in order to ensure their innovations survived.
He shows how more common innovations however, have been those of integrating new technologies to help perform existing missions better and not change them radically. The author calls these 'sustaining innovations'. The recent innovation history suggests two interesting questions. First, how can senior military leaders achieve a disruptive innovation when they are heavily engaged around the world and they are managing sustaining innovations? Second, what have been the external sources of disruptive (and sustaining) innovations?
This book is essential reading for professionals and students interested in national security, military history and strategic issues.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Explaining Disruptive Innovations 3. US Marine Corps Innovation: The development of amphibious warfare 4. Post-World War II Marine Corps Disruptive Innovations I: Helicopter warfare 5. Post-World War II Marine Corps Disruptive Innovations II: MAGTF warfare, combined arms operations 6. US Marine Corps Inchoate Disruptive Innovation: Maneuver warfare 7. US Marine Corps Sustaining Innovations and Summary of Disruptive Marine Corps Cases 8. US Navy Sustaining Innovation: Continuous aim gunfire 9. US Navy Disruptive Innovation: Carrier Warfare 10. Disruptive Innovation: Japanese carrier warfare 11. US Navy Disruptive Innovation: CWC - Naval Combined Arms Warfare 12. US Navy Sustaining Innovation: Carrier battle group concept 13. US Navy Disruptive Innovation Aborted: Project 60 - Defensive Sea Control Warfare 14. US Navy Disruptive Innovation: Maritime Action Groups - Surface Land Attack Warfare 15. US Navy Disruptive Innovation: Tactical Collaborative Network and a summary of disruptive navy cases 16. Conclusion
Captain Terry Pierce serves with the US Navy and is Deputy Chief of Staff Amphibious Forces 7th Fleet. He holds a doctorate and a Master's degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also holds a Master's degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in National Security Affairs, Strategic Planning.