Aug 24, 2021Liked by ML Cavanaugh

I don’t 100% agree with the rule to stop dissent after a firm decision is made. Like you said, this is built on the premise that the “best” decision was made through proper dissent or red-teaming. The OE instantly changes when the first action is taken which could follow a trajectory different than wargamed. Those indicators may not be properly understood without continued skepticism and self-evaluation. Dissent should be built into the continuous monitoring phase with the appropriate respect and proper communication channels to not detract. Even if the train has left the station, someone still needs to speak up if it’s going in the wrong direction.

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Tricky standard to set, isn't it? I mean, of course, after a decision's made we don't commit to holding on even if the thing's clearly headed off a cliff. This may seem like a dodge, but I see the initial decision as somewhat separate from evaluation/monitoring after the action's been initiated. Thanks for the note, great point!

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