General Stanley McChrystal: The ‘Full Spectrum’ Team of Teams

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In this presentation, General (Retd) Stanley McChrystal, considered some of the themes and issues around operationalising an evolving concept in security and defence.

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In the 2015 National Security Strategy and SDSR the government committed to ‘using the full spectrum of our national power’ to ensure the UK’s security and prosperity. Full Spectrum is, however, an evolving concept as the apparent successor to Comprehensive Approach and around which a number of interpretations have emerged.

The government plans to enhance its responses to evolving national threats through operationalising this concept; establishing innovative organisational structures to work within and alongside existing government departments and agencies, as well as new policies and doctrine to dovetail with traditional ways of working.

These 'Full Spectrum' operations, however variously understood, will undoubtedly depend on the adoption of common approaches, seamless coordination and coherent communications across government departments to an unprecedented extent.

In this presentation, General (Retd) Stanley McChrystal, applied his vast experience and recent thinking from Team of Teams to discuss the nature of these evolving threats and the novel approaches required to address them, considering cross-government team formation and policy execution, and the potential roles to be played by the private sector and wider society.

Speaker Biography
General (Retd) Stanley McChrystal founded McChrystal Group in January 2011 to deliver innovative leadership solutions to business and help them transform and succeed in challenging, dynamic environments. He is best known for his distinguished military career, during which he created a cohesive counter-terrorism organisation that revolutionised interagency operating cultures, as commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He later developed and implemented the comprehensive counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan as commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

General McChrystal is now a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches a course on Leadership in Operation. He sits on the board of the Franklin Project, Navistar International Corporation, and JetBlue, as well as giving speeches on leadership to organisations around the world. In 2013, he published his memoir, My Share of the Task, which was a New York Times bestseller, and is an author of Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2015.

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