Defence of Duffer’s Drift, a popular Boer War tale among British infantry officers, teaches lessons for the future of space operations.
Published in the early 20th Century, The Defence of Duffer's Drift is a work of fiction written as an educational tool for small unit leaders. The novella outlines the experiences for a young lieutenant and his tumultuous path to success when charge with defending key terrain. Told through a series of dreams, Duffer's Drift provides multiple tactical lessons through and iterative process, each building on the previous sequence. The officer fails multiple times while learning from various mistakes while incrementally moving toward success. Although the work focuses on ground combat and maneuver warfare, the principles addressed can be applied to a variety of fields. As such, Duffer's Drift is often suggested as professional development reading for many service member regardless of career field.
"Duffer's Drift and Space Operations,"
Space and Defense: Vol. 12:
0, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/spaceanddefense/vol12/iss0/5
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