RUSI JournalVolume 159Issue 2members only

Realities of Conflict: Risk and Military Decision-Makers


Risk is a key component of military decision-making, and one that must be better understood to improve leadership

‘Risk management’ has become big business in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis but it has long been a crucial element of operational leadership for military decision-makers. In this article, Marc Schelhase explores the understanding and application of theories of risk in the military context – and particularly at the operational level – analysing the impact of societal, organisational and personal factors on the conceptualisation and mitigation of risk.

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