The recent report by Major General Michael Flynn condemning military
intelligence efforts in Afghanistan has many important implications.
Matthew Yglesias teases out one such issue that seems silly on the surface but might be quite serious. Does the military rely too much on Power Point as a means of internal communications?
Flynn, in his report, calls for the software to be abandoned as a tool of military intelligence. Yglesias approves. "The military as a whole seems to have a somewhat disturbing level of reliance on communicating via PowerPoint presentations that are often quite poorly made," he writes.
On one level this seems like a small point. But on another level I think it's really quite serious. The flow of information up and down the chain of command is critical. And the kind of operations we're asking our soldiers to undertake really requires each and every person in the theater to have a sound grasp of what the overall strategy is.