Strategy is the art of pursuing political aims by the use or possession of military means. In formulating strategy, the first step is to decide on political aims Without political aims, war is mindless destruction and the possession of military means in peacetime is mindless waste. Once political aims are specified, the military means must be selected and tailored to fit those aims.
KeywordsEurope Coherence Explosive Monopoly
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