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There is an interesting blog post over at wallstats.com (well known from the Death and Taxes), analyzing and critiquing some of the recent charts and graphs created by the US Pentagon. It demonstrates how the graphics coming out of each branch of the military are vastly different. For instance, the Navy's graphics are less polished with a focus on line charts and the occasional concept map, while the Air Force really goes over the top, from "baffling to well, more baffling".

The article raises the issue that these documents are used to brief major decision makers, and asks the question "Why does the Department of Defense, which is an economy the size of Turkey, put out such inconsistent and poor visualizations?".

See also:
. Tactical Iraq War Maps
. General Petraeus Information Charts
. Military Powerpoint Slide Redesign
. Military Powerpoint Slide Design

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2 COMMENTS

Well it seems pretty clear to me. Either these strategerians
aren't competent enough to run their departments, or they are deliberately obscuring the details in a wrapper of noise to prevent their bosses (i.e. congress and, ahem, us) from seeing what they're actually up to.

Sat 29 Nov 2008 at 1:27 PM
NickSF

Possibly, these strategerians have a different aesthetic than you do.

Fri 05 Dec 2008 at 6:52 AM
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