This preoccupation with the south-western theatre, concentration on the Kiev Special Military District, Timoshenko's and latterly Zhukov's military bailiwick, proved to be the root cause of the subsequent massive Soviet strategic maldeployment
. Neither the new war plan, nor the deliberations within the special command conference convened in December 1940 made any mention of surprise as a factor to be reckoned with.
* Recognize that the first revolution will include some costly mistakes, miscues, and maldeployments
. Patience will be required in fielding first wave systems, then adapting them to the second revolution.