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Paul Mitchell

Professor Paul Mitchell is the Director of Academics at Canadian Forces College. In 2010, he began the development of Military Design instruction at Canadian Forces College, “stumbling into” the field while trying to answer questions on the declining utility of classical applications of force in military operations. Those initial steps soon grew into design related modules and exercises now offered on both the National Security Programme and the Joint Command and Staff Programme, and supported by two additional professors. Along with Design education, Dr. Mitchell’s research has focused on naval strategy, submarine operations, and Network Centric Warfare. He was recognised by the IMDC Convention in 2018 for Innovation in Curriculum Design. He is presently researching a book on the Royal Canadian Navy’s Victoria Class submarines and playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Canadian Forces College Approach to Design Education


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Stumbling into Design: Action Experiments in Professional Military Education at Canadian Forces College

Author: Paul Mitchell Abstract: Operations for small militaries are largely about aid to civil power…

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Professor Paul Mitchell — Stumbling into Design

Canadian Forces College Professor Paul Mitchell shares his journey in discovering design thinking and the…

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