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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Strange and Richard Iron, "Understanding Centers of Gravity and Critical Vulnerabilities," unpublished paper, available at <www.
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Under realistic assumptions, the United States and Asia will remain the centers of gravity of the global economy in the coming years.
Accordingly, it initially equated enemy centers of gravity (CoGs) with key vulnerabilities.
Correctly identifying the centers of gravity of the opposing forces is of highest importance in any conflict.
This is seen not only in the tacit adoption of a Braudelian framework in which centers of gravity migrate from one urban system to another.
Morris's dances for his own folks and those he lavishes occasionally upon ballet companies boast different centers of gravity and could not be transferred from one to the other without acute embarrassment.
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Step five: critical requirements essential for the centers of gravity to reach the ends.
This article attempts to identify a methodology for determining centers of gravity.
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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