Definition/Scope: (FM 6-22) Critical thinking is a deliberate process of thought whose purpose is to discern truth in situations where direct observation is insufficient, impossible or impractical. Critical thinking involves careful consideration of information, premises, goals and proposed solutions for the purpose of improving outcomes. This thinking has purpose, follows reason, and is directed by goals. This mental process of interpretation, analysis, and evaluation leads to understanding situations, finding causes, arriving at justifiable conclusions, making good judgments, and learning from experience. Techniques that can contribute are: analysis of complex problems, understanding of cultural considerations and alternative perspectives, internal critical review, outside-in thinking, command collaboration.
Used For:Mission command WFF
Narrower Terms:Measure Of Effectiveness