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ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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This monograph sets forth a theoretical model for strategic analysis. It examines and critiques contemporary and classical definitions of strategy and then presents refined definitions for the components of a strategy and their inner relationships. The focus is on providing a balanced, holistic consideration of what strategy is and how to think about it. The author describes the history and process of dialectic logic. He proposes that, given an holistic view of strategy, the analyst or strategist should study a strategy by employing a dialectic model. In this way, the analyst can apply disciplined intellectual rigor to strategic study. Further, by constructing logical arguments as a part of the dialectic process, the strategist can ensure that the final strategic plan has balance. Or, at the very least, he will know precisely where risk exists within the plan. The monograph is significant as a theory for how to think about strategy, rather than for what to think. It provides a relevant model for analysts at any level of warfare. It assists the strategist in deducing the significant tradeoffs involved in strategic decision making.
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