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Encyclopedia > Principles of military strategy

This page lists common principles of military strategy. Military strategy in the Waterloo campaign Military strategy is a collective name for planning the conduct of warfare. ...

  • The principle of mass Given all things being equal, sending a single tactical allied unit to combat a single tactical enemy unit will result in 50% chance of defeat, resulting in a 1 to 1 loss ratio at the strategic level. However, sending two or more units to combat a single enemy unit will result in a loss ratio of less than 1 to 1.

To be a comprehensive article on the subject, this page should cover the following in some detail: Tactics is the collective name for methods of winning a small-scale conflict, performing an optimization, etc. ... The word Ally, when used alone, has several possible meanings. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... An enemy or foe is a relativist term for an entity that is seen as forcefully adverse or threatening. ... Loss has several meanings including: Loss in electronics is the ratio of the system output to system input In electronics, loss is the ratio of system output to system input. ... In algebra, a ratio is the relationship between two quantities. ...

  • Selecting decisive objectives.
  • Taking the initaitive from your foe.
  • Concentrating your resources at the decisive point.
  • Economizing your resources by reducing waste.
  • Coordinating the movement of your resources to meet your objective.
  • Maintaining unity of command.
  • Coordinating your tasks to achieve maximum effectiveness.
  • Maintaining secrecy until it is too late for your opponent to react.
  • Employing unexpected elements such as deception, speed, creativity, and audacity.
  • Keep your plans as simple as is needed to accomplish the task.
  • Choose a flexible strategy so you can adapt to changing conditions.
  • Organize for maximum efficiency.
  • Maintain a positive morale even in the face of set-backs.
  • Maintain momentum until success is accomplished.

Secrecy is the condition of hiding information from others. ... Morale measures the degree to which people hold to belief. ... In physics, momentum is a physical quantity related to the velocity and mass of an object. ...

See Also

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Military strategy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3434 words)
Military strategy deals with the planning and conduct of campaigns, the movement and disposition of forces, and the deception of the enemy.
The strategy he formulated was the Schlieffen Plan, defending in the east while concentrating for a decisive victory in the west, after which the Germans would go on to the offensive in the east.
Influenced by Jomini's principles of strategy, he saw that in the coming wars, where economic strategy could be as important as military strategy, control of the sea granted the power to control the trade and resources needed to wage war.
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