strategic level of war


Related to strategic level of war: tactical level of war, operational level of war

strategic level of war

The level of war at which a nation, often as a member of a group of nations, determines national or multinational (alliance or coalition) security objectives and guidance, and develops and uses national resources to accomplish these objectives. Activities at this level establish national and multinational military objectives; sequence initiatives; define limits and assess risks for the use of military and other instruments of national power; develop global plans or theater war plans to achieve these objectives; and provide military forces and other capabilities in accordance with strategic plans. See also operational level of war; tactical level of war.
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Whenever the ends and means at the national-strategic level are seriously disconnected or mismatched, brilliance at the operational and tactical levels--as the Germans consistently displayed during World War II--can only delay, but cannot ultimately prevent, defeat at the strategic level of war.
Multi-National Forces Iraq (MNF-I), a four-star level headquarters at war in a combat zone, is focused at the strategic level of war in which all elements of national power (political, economic, diplomatic, information, military) are applied in support of the Iraq Joint Campaign Plan.
We are committed to developing agile, adaptive and innovative leaders who will succeed in this era of persistent conflict at the strategic level of war and peace.
The issues Gray addresses range from the nature of security or strategic studies, to the importance for strategists and analysts to learn from history, to ethics, and most important of all, to the overriding necessity of focusing on the strategic level of war.
20) The transformation of national level strategy and policy into theater strategy occurs at the strategic level of war.
Space systems, therefore, transcend the strategic level of war to support what is often referred to as grand strategy.
UEs function primarily at the operational and strategic level of war and are concerned with the prosecution of campaigns and major operations.
At the strategic level of war, naval mines can be used to blockade critical ports and target commercial shipping in a strangulation strategy.
27) The central focus of this essay is the strategic level of war and conflict, which in itself is subject to further subdivision.
Again, the advocates of guerre revolutionnaire were not able to envision the linkages between their tactical techniques and the strategic level of war.
Col Timothy Sakulich, in his paper Precision Engagement at the Strategic Level of War, describes four classes of effects outlined in the Institute for Defense Analysis' Joint Advanced Warfighting Project (JAWP): desired effects on enemy capabilities, desired effects on enemy assessments and actions, undesired effects, and unexpected effects.
Analysis may reveal that a particular leader is the source of power at the strategic level of war or that an elite division or army component is the source of power at the operational level.

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