Changing Conditions, Changing Methods…

“It is necessary to be completely unsympathetic to abstract formulas and rules and to study with sympathy the conditions of the actual fighting, for these will change in accordance with the physical and economic situations and the realization of the people’s aspirations. These progressive changes in conditions create new methods.” Mao Tse-Tung (1893 to 1976)… Read More

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Technological Advances & Military Goals…

“As soon as technological advances may be applied to military goals, and furthermore are already used for military purposes, they almost immediately seem obligatory, and also often go against the will of the commanders in triggering changes or even revolutions in the modes of combat.” Frederich Engels (1820 to 1895) German socialist philosopher, and the… Read More

The Handmaiden: Tactics or Strategy?

“In peace we concentrate so much on tactics that we are apt to forget that it is merely the handmaiden of strategy.” (Liddell Hart, 1944, p.48) Captain Sir Basil Liddell Hart (1895 to 1970). Commonly known throughout most of his career as Captain B. H. Liddell Hart, was an English soldier, military historian and military… Read More

Do & Done becomes Get & Gotten…

“If You Always Do What You’ve Always Done, You Always Get What You’ve Always Gotten.” Unknown but invariably accredited to (Quote Investigator, 2016): Henry Ford (?, Car Maker); Jessie Potter (1981, Educator and counsellor on family relationships and human sexuality); Dayle K. Maloney (1984, In a seminar ‘Secers of Selling); Cathy Bolger (1984, Counsellor); Dan… Read More

Simple & Easy…

“Do not confuse simple with ease. Simplicity requires effort.” Unknown From a military perspective, common doctrine, training, tactics, techniques and procedures can simplify work and, hopefully, ease the execution of operations. As defined by Microsoft: “Simplicity, when correctly applied, results in ease of use. But simplicity and ease of use are not the same concepts.… Read More