US Army Combined Arms Center Fort Leavenworth United States
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The command of military forces in combat is unlike any other field of human endeavor. If war is the ultimate form of human competition, then the commander is the ultimate competitor. The commander operates in an environment of chance, uncertainty, and chaos, in which the stakes are, quite literally, life and death. He or she contends against an adversary who is using every means, fair or foul, to foil his plans and bring abou this defeat. The commander is ultimately responsible for every variable that factors into military success or failuretraining, logistics, morale, equipment, planning, and execution. The commander reaps the lions share of plaudits in victory, but also must accept the blame in defeat, warranted or not. Very often the line that separates fame and ignominy is slender indeed.
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