In the book “Team of Teams”, General Stanley McChrystal describes how the Joint Special Operations Task Force (JSOTF), of which he took command in 2004, was transformed to respond to the unorthodox battle tactics deployed by Al Qaeda in Iraq. After repeated failures, he and his staff discarded centuries of hierarchical military thinking and reshaped US military forces into a matrix organization that was “faster, flatter, and flexible”. This was no small feat given the....

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