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Like many people, I was surprised when the Russians started military actions in Ukraine.

When it happened I understood why it had happened in general terms. I believe that if things had happened just very slightly differently that there would have been no invasion. Also, that invasion was not a part of the plan when the training manoeuvres started.

Anyway, I wanted to understand the decision process a bit better. Of course, we will never, at least in my lifetime, know exactly what happened to start the military operation. But I did find out about a possible decision structure and process that might have been in play, either in a formal or informal manner.

That structure is the Ten Man Rule.

In essence, and possibly very badly explained by me - the idea is that on a planning team, one person, the 10th Man has the job of looking at the situation as devil's advocate. The one who looks at the worst possible outcome of a situation and feeds that back to the planning group or structure.

Here is a shortish paper on the topic. It ain't a hard read.
...everything ends always well; if it’s still bad, then it’s not the end!