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Missing the (Power) Point

Commentators have outdone themselves the past few days criticizing the now-immortal Afghanistan slide. Unfortunately, they’ve largely missed the point.
      What are we really looking at in the chart? (It’s available, among other places, at Small Wars Journal.) Yes, it’s a presentation slide, but the figure itself is a causal loop diagram. The presentation package merely provides the frame, and the standard debate regarding the quality of DoD presentations is, at best, secondary here. Tom Fiddaman’s thoughts at MetaSD on the utility of causal loop diagrams are much more informed, balanced, and relevant.

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