Presentation at KMWorld 2017

On 7 November 2017, I had the pleasure to present at KMWorld in Washington D.C. on Knowledge Management in a Combined/Joint Environment. This was based on the research conducted between the years I was in CJTF-OIR and in United States Forces Korea. More information is located on the KMWorld site. Slides are published on the KMWorld Site
KMWorld 2017

milSuite: Favorite Blog 2019

On 26 November 2019, I was awarded in the Best of milSuite (an online community of interest for the Department of Defense) the award for Favorite Blog. One blog in particular stands out, “KM Related Videos”. In this blog, I curated 20 videos explaining Knowledge Management. Here is the acceptance video. I would like to also thank the Army Futures Command Communications Directorate in making the video. 

Below are the videos that I placed in one location to make this as a reference for Department of Defense Knowledge Managers or others who are curious on what is Knowledge Management.

• 87 Seconds explaination of Knowledge Management: Knowledge Management in 87 Seconds – YouTube

• SES Robert Naething: Naething Aug 2012 – YouTube

• GEN (R) Stanley McChrystal: Stanley McChrystal: The military case for sharing knowledge – YouTube

• GEN Dempsey: Gen Dempseys remarks for the Army Operational Knowledge Management Conference – YouTube

• LTG Perkins: LTG Perkins – Understanding Mission Command – YouTube

• Mr. David Grady: David Grady: How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings – YouTube

• Mr. David Grady: David Grady: The Conference Call – YouTube

• Conference Call in Real Life: A Conference Call in Real Life – YouTube

• Mr. David Phillips: How to avoid death By PowerPoint | David JP Phillips | TEDxStockholmSalon – YouTube

• COL O’Donnell (COL O’Donnell speaks to the KMQC class) (this is in 5 parts only available on milSuite):

• Mr. Mortensen (IMCOM HQ KM Senior Leader Workshop 08 Jul 14) (2 parts only available on milSuite)

• Mr. Cory L. (Yoda) Cannon (2018 Midwest KM Symposium 10 Aug 18): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBfPmzAseFw&t=90s

• USACE Knowledge Management Introduction (available only on milSuite):

• Don McMillan: Life After Death by PowerPoint: https://youtu.be/lpvgfmEU2Ck

• Eric Tsui: Knowledge Management and Big Data in Business (Hong Kong Poly University) https://youtu.be/TGeoLFueR9U

Education in Knowledge Management

Mr. Cannon did a second podcast with Mr. Edwin K. Morris of Pioneer Knowledge Services on the topic of Education in Knowledge Management. In this podcast, Mr. Cannon explains his journey in academia to get training in Knowledge Management.

Listen to Pioneer Knowledge Services – Because You Need To Know With Guest Cory Cannon 2019 by Edwin K. Morris on #SoundCloud or on #Spotify

Best Practice for Combined/Joint Meetings: Dealing with multiple classification levels

Sitting in the middle of the Kuwait desert at an undisclosed location. Members of 62 nations came together to pull their resources together against the members of Daesh who were causing havoc within a recovering Iraq and Syria. How did the members of these 62 nations from different backgrounds and culture come together to fend off these rebels out of Iraq and Syria? It was coming together in terms of what each of them can contribute to the effort (money, ground troops, planes, supplies, equipment, intelligence, etc.). These contributions allow the representing nations a certain need to know for issues within their agreed to contribution. A few thousand miles away in Seoul, an Armistice “cease fire” has been going on for the past 65 plus years. There are three separate commands involved with maintaining the Armistice the United Nations Command (UNC), Combined Forces Command (CFC), and United States Forces Korea (USFK). Each of these commands have separate missions but they are all lead by one single U.S. Four Star General it has been this way since 1978. The United Nations Command is composed of 21 sending state nations who provide a representative or resources to the Command. The Combined Forces Command is a bilateral command between the Republic of Korea and the United States military. United States Forces Korea is the joint forces of the United States (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Special Operations) lead for national interest as well as the lead organization under United Nations Command (it is a very unique relationship). As you can see, both situations are similar in terms of how they are structured and the need for maintaining the coalition as well as completing the mission without compromising vital information that would get passed to the advisory (either inadvertently or maliciously). So, the question remains how can a Commander get the vital information they need to make the correct decision at the appropriate time and maintain both the national interest as well as maintaining the coalition. This balancing act can be done through a variety of methods but the one that I have seen most effective is through meeting management. Figure 1 depicts on what the audience should be within the meeting being held. If the information is similar or related, then you can have one meeting starting with inviting all the members of the coalition first and as the information gets more and more restrictive take a short break and excuse those members that are not privileged to the information. This will do two things. First, this construct fosters communication and information sharing with the members of the coalition, thus making all the members of the coalition feel that they have a say n the decision-making cycle. Second, it allows both the Commander and their staff more white space within their calendar to do the jobs they were slotted to perform Table 1 shows an example agenda of how the meeting can be executed. As one can see going through the topics in this manner can save the entire staff time as well as give the decision-maker the information from multiple viewpoints that can affect the mission, the decision and ultimately lives that are out in the front lines implementing these directives. When one develops the architecture for how the meetings will run for a multi-hatted Commander one has to be cognizant of the needs of the coalition, needs of the staff and most of all the needs of the Commander.