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History of Think Tank

The CGO Think Tank Elective was introduced at Squadron Officer School in January 2013. The elective is a spin-off of the Critical Analysis assignment, which tasks students to research a strategic level problem (of their choosing) and develop recommendations on how to solve it. The faculty quickly realized that the students were making valid, well thought-out, recommendations to come of the Air Forces's most difficult strategic-level problems. Unfortunately there was no avenue to get these recommendation in front of the senior level decision makers with the capability to affect change...enter the Think Tank.

The CGO Think Tank is a SOS elective that tasks its participants to look at a current Air Force issue and make recommendations from a
CGO perspective on how to solve it. In-residence students interested in participating in the Think Tank Elective are asked to submit a 2 page essay the second day of class. From these essays, twenty-four students are picked to participate based on their critical thought in response to the question and their writing ability. The twenty-four participants are divided into three groups, each with a senior mentor (O-6 or PHD with a background in the selected topic) and a faculty advisor. All three groups are then given the same problem and tasked to research and make recommendations, with the ultimate goal of briefing their findings/recommendation to the AETC/CC.

Topics addressed by the CGO Think Tank and the associated products by the students can be accessed below. If you would like more information on the Think Tank, call the SOC front office DSN 493-1197 or Commercial (334) 953-1197.

Think Tank Papers

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18CAir Force Track SystemEaglesView
18CAir Force Track SystemEaglesView
18CAir Force Track SystemEaglesView
17FImproving Officer RetentionFalconsView
17FImproving Officer RetentionFalconsView
17FImproving Officer RetentionFalconsView
17EProposed New Officer Performance Report for PromotionsEaglesView
17EProposed New Officer Performance Report for PromotionsEaglesView
17EProposed New Officer Performance Report for PromotionsFalconsView
17EProposed New Officer Performance Report for PromotionsFalconsView
17EProposed New Officer Performance Report for PromotionsRaptorView
17EProposed New Officer Performance Report for PromotionsRaptorView
17DChanging the Deterrence ParadigmEaglesView
17DChanging the Deterrence ParadigmEaglesView
17DChanging the Deterrence ParadigmEaglesView
17DChanging the Deterrence ParadigmFalconsView
17DChanging the Deterrence ParadigmFalconsView
17DChanging the Deterrence ParadigmFalconsView
17CBattlefield Decision-Making Speed ImprovementThunderboltView
17CBattlefield Decision-Making Speed ImprovementThunderboltView
17CBattlefield Decision-Making Speed ImprovementLancerView
17CBattlefield Decision-Making Speed ImprovementLancerView
17CJoint Force Peer-to-PeerGryphonsView
17CJoint Force Peer-to-PeerGryphonsView
17CMicrowave and UAV IntegrationRaptorView
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