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The Cognitive Crucible is a forum that presents different perspectives and emerging thought leadership related to the information environment. The opinions expressed by guests are their own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of or endorsement by the Information Professionals Association.
During this episode, Noah Komnick discusses his award-winning thought leadership and writings related to complexity and cybernetics. Before retiring from the Marine Corps, Noah received an “outside the box” innovation award from the Secretary of the Navy for his Reaction Control philosophy, , which he implemented in the 2018 timeframe while commanding Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38. His present work and PhD research is about building defendable organizations for the “Age of Complexity.”
- Cognitive Crucible Podcast Episodes Mentioned
- Reaction Control: Developing the Anti-fragile Warrior
- Reaction Control: A Self-Regulating Process to Improve a Sailor or Marine’s Decision Making (2016 SECNAV Innovation Award in the Outside the Box category)
- Rise of the Neostrategist: A New Paradigm for the Age of Complexity by Noah Komnick
- Neostrategy: How to Win in the Age of Complexity by Noah Komnick
- NECSI 2018 Conference
- National Security Language Is Stuck in the Cold War by Josh Kerbel
- Teams Manifesto by Yaneer Bar-Yam
- Murray Gell-Mann
- Richard Feynmen
- Colin Gray (Military Theorist)
- The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex by Murray Gell-Mann
- Science, Strategy and War: The Strategic Theory of John Boyd by Frans P.B. Osinga
- Boyd’s EM Theory
- An Introduction to Cybernetics by W. Ross Ashby [primary source for Law of Requisite Variety]
- The Future of Strategy by Colin S. Gray
- The Two Cultures: And a Second Look by C.P. Snow
- Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge by E.O. Wilson
- Sociobiology: The New Synthesis by E. O. Wilson
- Signals and Boundaries: Building Blocks for Complex Adaptive Systems by John H. Holland
- Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned: The Myth of the Objective by Stanley and Lehman
- Incerto by Nassim Taleb
- Laplace’s demon
- “All models are wrong, but some are useful.” – George Box
- DoD’s Calendar Year 2020 Suicide Report
Link to full show notes and resources
Guest Bio: Noah Komnick is the CEO and founder of Seneka. Seneka partners with select private and public entities to design and develop defendable enterprises and communities. Noah is also a retired U.S. Marine officer. As an active-duty Marine, he was a career communication and information systems officer, a strategic-operational planner, and a communications squadron commander. His operational tours included duties with infantry, force reconnaissance, aviation, and expeditionary units. He was also an Associate Professor of Naval Science at both Northwestern University and Illinois Institute of Technology. Just prior to his retirement from the Marine Corps, Noah served as a cyber strategist for the nation’s Cyberspace Solarium Commission and U.S. Cyber Command. Additionally, he is the creator of Reaction Control (a self-regulating process to improve Marines’ mental fitness for combat) and Neostrategy (a new paradigm for achieving objectives in complex systems). Reaction Control received innovation awards from the Commandant of the Marine Corps and Secretary of the Navy in 2016, while Neostrategy publicly debuted at the International Conference on Complex Systems in 2018. Currently, Noah is a PhD candidate with Capitol Technology University where his interdisciplinary research focuses on the intersection of cybernetics, complexity science, and sociobiology as applied to organizational design. As a lifelong learner, Noah has masters’ degrees in National Security & Strategy (from the U.S. Naval War College), Operational Studies (from the School of Advanced Warfighting at Marine Corps University), Business Administration (from the University of Rhode Island), and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering (from Illinois Institute of Technology). He is a member of the American Cybernetics Society and the Operational Research Society.
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