Commanding Information

“It’s like the weather. A commander does not need to know the barometric pressure or the winds or even the temperature. He needs to know the forecast. If you get too caught up in the production of information, you drown in the data.”

- Paul van Riper, in Malcolm Galdwell’s Blink

(If you want to put this quote and the speaker in context, but don’t want to read the book, there’s an article here explaining how in a war game Riper outgunned the best of the US Military Decision making technology at JFCOM.)