Disruptive innovation theory captures many of the non-linear complexities of the transformation process and explains them in simple, easily digestible form. Although a number of factors contribute to successful innovation, the evidence presented in this study suggests that many of the relations among doctrine, technology advances, innovative concepts, and new ways of fighting can be clustered under two constructs – sustaining and disruptive. This is an important finding. By clustering both technology and doctrine innovations under the two banners of improved performance along sustaining and disruptive warfighting trajectories, important conclusions can be drawn about the larger issues and patterns of championing new ways of war.