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27 Apr 2010

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Death by PowerPoint on the War Front

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For most, the PowerPoint can be a mind-numbing thing in an office setting. Often people make them too cumbersome with too many bullets and a long PowerPoint presentation can drive any executive to the brink. Well, it seems that PowerPoint has made its mark on the war front. The New York Times today ran a front page story that features the PPT slide below that maps out the complexity of the war in Afghanistan. And, complex it is. According to the article, the slide has since bounced around the Internet as an example of a military tool that has spun out of control. Like an insurgency, PowerPoint has crept into the daily lives of military commanders and reached the level of near obsession. And, the amount of time expended on PowerPoint in the military has made it a running joke in the Pentagon and in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have included the actual slide in this post, and please let us know if you can make sense of it.

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