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p. 1098. What causes military strategies to succeed or fail?locked

  • Antulio J. Echevarria II


How can military strategists improve the odds of success while reducing the chances of failure? ‘What causes military strategies to succeed or fail?’ identifies four tasks are necessary for a successful strategy: a critical appraisal of the adversary’s strengths and weaknesses matched against one’s own; the net assessment should serve as a baseline for developing courses of action that weaken the foe enough to get what one wants; the head of state must select a suitable military commander to develop and implement the desired strategy; and sound war plans are needed to pull everything together. Military strategies often fail because the opposing party refuses to concede, even if continuing to fight is patently self-destructive.

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