Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Phase...Whatever

In military operations, an "endpoint" is described in the planning for that operation.  That endpoint is, or should, be strategic in nature.  You might think of this endpoint as, after having arrived, you have "won" the war.  From that endpoint, there will necessarily be "objectives" which are met on the operational and tactical levels.  Operations are planned to produce effects which enable the attainment of those specific objectives.  It is important to define this endpoint well, as it will drive your entire planning and conduct of the war.  Shifting the endpoint strategically should be done carefully and without regard to "how well you are doing".  In other words, if you are not winning your battles, that doesn't mean to change the reason for the war.  It just means your effects and objectives are not in line with your strategic endpoint.

Well, it's a brave new world.  When is the endpoint reached?  Apparently, when we're out of money...or would rather spend it on people who vote for you after you sedate them with money.

So much for what I learned at War College.  I need a drink.  A strong one.


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