The cognition of war addresses the mental work or cognition of war (making use of developed mental aptitude in the art of war). Starting with the work of Herbert Simon in "bounded rationality" this seminar helps to integrate previous topics to highlight how people actually make decisions in war in the absence of perfect information and computational capacity. Discussions will also highlight how people in war might reasonably accept suboptimal outcomes because of the excessive effort required to get to the optimal. Rather than perform exhaustive searches to get the best solution, they are very likely to settle on solutions or approaches using a process described in an earlier topic as "satisficing."
Dr. Andrew Stricker is an education innovation analyst with Air University’s LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education. In this position he conducts research in future concepts and advances in cognitive sciences and artificial intelligence for innovative applications in professional military education. His research addresses augmented cognition and developmental growth in reflective mindsets and contemplative practices. Andrew also engages in collaborative design of assistive immersive 3D virtual and augmented reality simulations for helping to improve complex problem-solving among teams. Prior to coming to Air University Andrew was Associate Provost for Innovation Through Technology at Vanderbilt University. He also held a faculty appointment as associate professor with the Vanderbilt University Medical School and taught courses in biomedical informatics. As an associate provost for the university, he was responsible for working with academic, technology and administrative leaders to prioritize, plan, and enable innovations for improving learning, teaching and research.
Andrew also spent four years at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, creating and then serving as Director of the Cognition and Instructional Technologies Laboratory, and Director of the Knowledge Engineering Complex with the Texas Engineering Extension Service. He retired from the United States Air Force with 28 years of professional experience as an Air Force officer and scientist specializing in systems integration, human-factors engineering and cognitive sciences. His graduate work was conducted at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas and Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. He is a member of the American Psychological Association.
In 2020 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Board of Standards in Performance, Training and Instruction (IBSTPI).