Mick is a published author who has written book chapters, published journal articles, opinion pieces and used multiple different blogs to explore contemporary leadership, strategy, technology and the nature of organisational change. He is available to write on these issues for different organisations and media.
He is available to write columns and opinion pieces in newspapers and other publications, as well as short blog pieces. On this page are examples of Mick's previous writing.
Mick's book called War Transformed, will be published by USNI books in 2022. It explores change in the strategic environment such as geopolitics, technology, demographics and climate change. It also examines how institutions can respond to these challenges through new ideas, new organisational constructs and investing in their people. While primarily using a military context, the insights within are applicable to many commercial and government institutions.
Mick has collaborated with authors from Australia and many other nations to contribute to several edited volumes over the past decade. These collaborations have explored contemporary leadership, competitive behaviour, management, strategy and organisational dynamics in a range of different settings. The latest contribution, to which Mick provides a chapter and the Foreword, is a ground breaking exploration of the application of narratives and science fiction in building leaders and strategists.
Sometimes, institutions require detailed analysis to diagnose externally-driven challenges or internal dynamics, and to them propose workable solutions to these issues. Mick has written and delivered multiple reports and strategies that relate to institutional challenges, particularly with regards to education, training, technology and setting strategic direction.
The best senior leaders in Government and the private sector recognise that an improved institutional capacity for strategic thinking is required to navigate the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The report provides a description of the current challenges to effective strategic thinking, such as definition, strategic culture, talent identification and development. It also explores potential solutions for how institutions might respond.
“Few military leaders have thought as deeply about the future of war as Major General Mick Ryan. The result is a book rich in insights into the changing shape of conflict and strategic competition, and wise in its recommendations for how western militaries need to adapt to 21st century challenges.” —Theo Farrell, professor and deputy vice-chancellor for Education, University of Wollongong, and former head of the Department of War Studies, King’s College London
“While technology may be the catalyst for change in the coming 4th Industrial Revolution, our armed forces are ultimately altered by people, ideas, and institutions in that order. In War Transformed, General Ryan's timely and immensely readable book, the reader gains a keen sense of how the old and the new in human conflict will impact the profession of arms. A must-read and a sure-fire product for all security studies and military educational programs.” —Frank G. Hoffman, National Defense University, author of Mars Adapting: Military Change During War
“In a sweeping review of war and strategy, from Thucydides and Sun Tzu to Clausewitz, Fuller, Cohen, Qiao and Wang, Ryan distills accelerating trends affecting the character of war to make a compelling case for a rejuvenation of the profession of arms to face the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and renewed great power contestation.” —John Blaxland, Professor of International Security and Intelligence Studies, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University
“An essential read on the present and future of war, and I do not write that lightly. Mick Ryan's War Transformed is at the sweet spot of being both well written and incredibly informative.” —P.W. Singer, best-selling author of Wired for War, Ghost Fleet, and LikeWar