The Mad Scientist Initiative: An Innovative Way of Understanding the Future Operational Environment” (Torchbearer Issue Paper, May 2016) discusses the Army’s efforts to achieve innovation through broad collaboration with nontraditional partners.
Our nation faces myriad and growing threats: diverse current and potential adversaries, fiscal constraints and continually increasing avenues of danger. The Mad Scientist Initiative, organized by the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, provides a continuous dialogue with academia, industry and government on the innovations needed for the future operational environment.
The Army organizes regular conferences that tap into a broad range of expertise about future trends in technology and the human dimension, resulting in key findings and recommendations that are then incorporated into Army concepts, documents and assessments to ensure superiority over potential adversaries. The driving principle behind this initiative is that thinking through the unfamiliar and the unlikely results in agile and adaptive solutions for a broad range of future contingencies.
As the Army faces unparalleled complexities in the future operating environment, initiatives such as Mad Scientist—supported by the timely and predictable funding necessary to their success—can ensure not only the future readiness of the Army but also the future readiness of the entire joint force. This and other ILW publications are available online at http://www.ausa.org/ilw and can also be obtained by calling (800) 336-4570, ext. 4630, or by e-mailing a request to email@example.com.