At the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, radar was available but its capabilities were unappreciated. The military thought radar was “just another toy” and only used it in a limited capacity, notably between 4 am and 7 am which was considered the most likely time for an invasion.

On the morning of December 7, 1941, radar picked up an unusual signal during that timeframe, but it was thought to be a flight of B17s that were due to arrive at 8 am, so the large mass of incoming planes was dismissed with tragic consequences during the 8 am bombing.

I’m sure there was a lot of second-guessing after the attack but one of the lessons learned certainly was that radar was far more than a superfluous gadget and could in fact provide critical intelligence about enemy operations.

I wonder what tools you have available to your organization that you are dismissing as “just another toy.” Maybe you are ignoring the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence, smart controls, new software, Tik Tok reels, data mining, or cyber currency. While it’s easier to devalue something that you don’t understand rather than learn about it and integrate its complexities into your work, don’t ignore the long-term cost to keeping your head in the sand.

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