MILITARY STRATEGY. Part 1. Military strategy is a collective name for planning the conduct of warfare . Derived from the Greek strategos , strategy was seen as the "art of the general".
Derived from the Greek strategos, strategy was seen as the "art of the general".
Liddell Hart's definition put less emphasis on battles, defining strategy as "the art of distributing and applying military means to fulfill the ends of policy“.
"Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances." – Sun Tzu
"You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war." – Napoleon Bonaparte
Originally strategy was understood to govern the prelude to a battle while tactics controlled its execution.
In earlier societies, a king or political leader was often the same person as the military leader.
But as the need of a professional army grew, the bounds between the politicians and the military came to be recognized.
As French statesman Georges Clemenceau said, "war is too important a business to be left to soldiers."
Many military strategists have attempted to encapsulate a successful strategy in a set of principles.
American Civil War General Nathan Bedford Forrest required only one: "to git thar furst with the most men".
6. Unity of Command (For every objective, ensure unity of effort under one responsible commander)