In contemporary military operations, some problems are so complex they do not give way to linear solutions but require problem management instead. Combining the fundamentals of Dao De Jing philosophy with the US military design process offers a new perspective to analyze complex security problems, devise management strategies, and plan military operations. Applying this new approach to the complex security environment in Syria allows for a nonlinear mapping of long-term goals and a new perspective on relationships between key actors, environmental factors that restrict changes in the security environment, and where planners should focus their attention.
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Ned B. Marsh & Heather S. Gregg, "Daoism and Design: Mapping the Conflict in Syria," Parameters 53, no. 1 (2023), doi:10.55540/0031-1723.3205.
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