Daniel Manning

I Was Inspired By ISIS -- Will we be more creative than our adversaries?

A Talk by Col. Daniel Manning USAF (Ret.) (Chief Creative Guide, Firepower Concepts, LLC)

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About this Talk

Underdogs turn to creativity because they have few options. Superpowers have many options, so they rarely need to resort to creativity. This talk explores the need for creativity in the national security space. There is no innovation without creation, yet we tend to focus on the skills needed for adoption and acquisition more than the skills needed to develop new solutions to tough problems. Using examples from Russia, China, Iran, and ISIS, we will discuss how our adversaries effectively use creativity to advance their agendas and how we can unlock creativity on our own teams.

13 March 2020, 12:00 PM

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

About The Speakers

Daniel Manning

Col. Daniel Manning USAF (Ret.)

Chief Creative Guide, Firepower Concepts, LLC

I'm an unlikely creative problem solver who has attacked some of America's toughest national security challenges with a blend of experience, academic research, and neuroscience. In addition to flying fighter jets and serving with great patriots from around the world, I honed a unique capability to lead teams to develop surprisingly creative ideas and turn them into fundamental changes in our organizations. The same creativity I used to develop the Afghan Air Force, keep US and Russian aircraft deconflicted over Syria, and defeat the ISIS small drone threat can help you solve your toughest problems.