Recent military operations
have demonstrated that even the most sophisticated twenty-first century
technologies do not enable commanders to be perfectly informed, to act with
certainty, to prevent disorder, or to avoid unforeseen situations.
Therefore, military leaders
must learn to play and conduct operations while accepting uncertainty.
In Deciding in the Dark, Major General Vincent Desportes gives
military and civilian leaders essential keys for success in action. General
Desportes believes that consistent victory relies on two basic principles: a
belief in man and the flexibility of systems. He proposes that commanders be
given an established “freedom of action” that allows them to take initiatives
and adapt quickly to changing conditions during a mission. It is also critical
that the military systems they work within are simple and flexible enough to
allow for easy adaptation to a rapidly changing environment.
This book offers a
universal approach of great interest to all who are involved in war, in whatever
environment, and who are constantly confronted by the unexpected.