The NY Times and Armed Forces Journal are reporting that the US military has become infected with PowerPoint. The following slide seems to be the poster child for this meme and has popped up in a number of outlets. Just in case you were wondering, it’s “meant to portray the complexity of American military strategy.” Yeah, that’s pretty obvious.

“When we understand that slide, we’ll have won the war,” General McChrystal dryly remarked, one of his advisers recalled, as the room erupted in laughter. (excerpt form the NY Times)

Again, from the NY Times article: “It’s dangerous because it can create the illusion of understanding and the illusion of control,” General McMaster said in a telephone interview afterward. “Some problems in the world are not bullet-izable.”

If you want a deeper analysis and argument against PowerPoint, be sure to check out the article in the Armed Forces Journal. It’s excellent.

As a person who spends way too much time using PowerPoint, I have to say they have a point. Oh, they also have a  term for PowerPoint jockeys in the military… PowerPoint Rangers.I wonder if their berets have little PowerPoint logos on them.

NY Times We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint
Armed Forces Journal Dumb-dumb bullets
UK Mail Online When we understand that slide, we’ll have won the war