Proposal: Strategy

If we're including military strategy, should we include specs of any military equipment? For example, what are the dimensions of the AK-47, what is it's expected lifetime, it's muzzle velocity, etc.?

When you think about it, data like that is important for formulating a military strategy.

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    All these questions look tactical to me, rather than strategic. My answer would be 'no'. – DYZ Dec 9 '16 at 23:37

No, not in the detail you describe. Strategy is about alignment of assets to best achieve over-arching goals or objectives. It does not include planning to do so. "Strategic Planning" is a misnomer but sticks around because a planning exercise usually follows strategic development. Planning often occurs without redoing the strategy.

What you need to know for strategic review and development are the current status and capability of all your assets, where they are located and any relevant vulnerabilities, as well as your current strategic goals and you achievement status. You then need the same info about your potential adversaries (or competitors). You must understand your domain of engagement, this could be a geographic theater or a market for your products. You must understand the reliability of external resources that you will probably depend on or compete for.

Now, you compare assets with your competitor's and with your current objectives for vulnerabilities, advantages, and disconnects with strategy. Are your goals still achievable, should you change direction, are you capable of achieving more?

Finally, decide the best allocation of resources to create a competitive advantage and mitigate or eliminate vulnerabilities, and establish measures of success juxtaposed with the strategic goals.

The strategy provides the "Who we are","what are we doing" and "why we are do it" for planning, while also defining enterprise-level constraints for planning and execution.

Strategy is as much an art as a science dependent on insight and creativity; therefore, heuristic evidence of past strategic successes and failures are the grist for the strategist philosophers such as Sun Tzu, Wing, Clausewitz, Kenichi Ohmae,Peters,and Miller & Heiman.

Strategic thinking is needed before beginning any large scale commitment of assets -- war, business, or person life choices. While the plan goes in the drawer after the first unexpected event, the strategy provides the guidance needed for split second decisions on the frontline. Without it, decentralized is impossible.

REFERENCES: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_thinking good place to start. While the fundamentals of good strategic thinking are not new, they frequently get recycled under new authors in the business section of the book store. I am out of date; but, if the site goes, I can help find the best military, business, geo-political and academic sources.

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