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Friday, August 14, 2009

Army Wiki?

The Army is trying something new.

It's letting just about anyone in the Army offer up their opinions and contributions to Army doctrine.

The idea is to get more first-hand, battle-tested knowledge from the soldiers who have been on the front lines and had to practice Army doctrine. Those soldiers might have better ideas of how to improve or more efficient and effective ways of doing things.

The Army has been piloting the idea for a few months and seems okay with some loss of control. Perhaps they're buying into the idea that collaboration makes for better, or more creative ideas and sometimes stronger policies. But, the whole thing could go wildly out of control.

Despite potential downfalls, the project is supported from the top.

For more about the project, check out the New York Times article.

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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