centers of gravity

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center of gravity

n. pl. centers of gravity
1. Abbr. CG The point in or near a body at which a single particle having the same mass as the body would have the same gravitational potential energy as the body. In a uniform gravitational field, center of gravity is the same as the center of mass.
2. The point of greatest importance, interest, or activity: "The center of gravity for the English language is no longer Britain. American English is the greatest influence on English everywhere" (Robert W. Burchfield).

centers of gravity

Those characteristics, capabilities, or sources of power from which a military force derives its freedom of action, physical strength, or will to fight. Also called COGs. See also capability; decisive point.
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Clausewitz maintained that once an enemy decides to engage in a contest of physical and moral strength, centers of gravity are "active agents" until it ends.
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Figure III-4 incorrectly places identification of friendly and enemy centers of gravity (COGs) in operational design's "understanding the operational environment" step.

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