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STRATEGY is a concept of cause and effect to produce Victory
over a Thinking Enemy over time.
VICTORY is getting what you are willing to accept
at a price you are willilng to pay.
Whether for a nation, an organization, a movement or a person, when strategy fails the result is always catastrophic. This is because strategy deals with the most fundamental elements of any human equation – cause and effect, time and resources, victory and defeat. A solid long term strategy may survive short term tactical blunders. But even the most brilliant of short term tactics and operations cannot compensate for a weak long term strategy.
This is because strategy – especially national strategy in time of war – is pursued not in splendid isolation, but against a living, breathing thinking enemy who is trying to foil your strategy and make his own succeed, even as you are trying to defeat him.
Strategy is not just about crafting a plan. It is about struggling with an opposing mind, even as the context, resources, and objectives constantly change. Victory is never just “achieved”; it is ripped from the grip of a thinking enemy. A successful strategist must never forget that fact
Because life and death – victory and defeat – hang in the balance