Complex Systems Research
Practical Applications of "New Science" Research
Alidade research shows
that the computer has as much to do with Information Age Warfare
as the internal combustion engine has to do with Industrial Age
Warfare or mere muscle has to do with Agricultural Age Warfare.
Many in the defense establishment, however, equate Information Technology
with Information Age Warfare at the same time they continue to hold
mechanistic models of warfare in high esteem.
decade has seen an explosion of multi-disciplinary research at places
like the Santa
Fe Institute and the New
England Complex Systems Institute. These groups are developing
new mathematical techniques to evaluate information rich processes
and are finding deep similarities between disciplines long thought
irrelevant to each other. Taken in the whole, this “New Science”
research is emerging its own field of activity and providing new
tools for the Operations Research analyst. Alidade is pioneering
the application of New Science tools to warfare problems.
Process Innovation & Analysis
Assessment of Future Operations with a 30-50 Year Horizon
Alidade is the leading
voice in the dialogue that continues in the American military as
both leaders and followers debate the changes that may occur to
military operations in the Information Age. Network Centric Warfare,
Effects-Based Operations, and Maneuver Warfare have emerged as Information
Age operational concepts. Opinions about these concepts, pro and
con, abound. Disappointingly, these opinions are often not grounded
in theory or fact. Meanwhile, allies and potential foes are developing
their own strategies for Information Age advantage.
Strategic Investment Advice
cast a wide net searching for emerging concepts and technologies.
to a unique group of premier think tanks, academic institutions
and research institutes make us the leader in transformational innovation.
It is our focus to capture all recent, relevant research to complement
Alidade's unique repository of innovative methods for strategic
investment advice. Using our research results, we guide military
and industrial clients in making best choices when investing for
Future Concept Generation
is one of the few firms with relevant experience validating future
warfare concepts. The firm has developed a comprehensive framework
for understanding Information Age Warfare that provides clients
with tools to demystify the topics and confirm or de-bunk visions
of future warfare. In addition, the consultancy provides specific,
programmatic guidance about the future of warfare.
Corporate/ Government War Games & Events
Corporate and Institutional War Gaming
approaches war gaming with a unique perspective: since purely analytical
results about future concepts are difficult to obtain, futurism
has again become part analysis and part gaming. Alidade offers a
unique combination of classic analysis techniques combined with
proven war gaming processes to introduce, explore and evaluate innovative
concepts with small groups of executive players.
said that war gaming is both the grandfather and the orphan of Operations
Research. Indeed, early war gamers approached their craft with a
rigor rarely found today; the results of gaming at the Naval War
College in the 1920's and 30's provide ample evidence of this analytical
success. Since that early success, Operations Research came into
its own as an analytical profession and gaming became confined to
the less rigorous role of acclimating executives to different operational
environments. Today, war gaming is much more subjective than objective
and in most cases is consciously separated from rigorous analysis.
Alidade designs innovative, cleverly designed games that reverse
SEE PAST EVENTS for images from recent War Games