Confusion: Victory or Defeat?

“Confuse the enemy. Keep him in the dark on your intentions. Sometimes what seems a victory isn’t really a victory and sometimes a defeat isn’t really a defeat.” Unknown Advertisements Advertisements

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One Purpose…

“There is only one purpose to which a whole society can be directed by a deliberate plan. That purpose is war, and there is not other.” Walter Lippman (1889 to 1974) William Penn Adair Rogers was an American newspaper commentator and author who in a 60-year career made himself one of the most widely respected… Read More

Good Plan vs Perfect Plan…

“A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.” George S. Patton Jr (1885 to 1945) George Smith Patton Junior was a US Army officer. He was an outstanding practitioner of mobile tank warfare in the European and Mediterranean theatres during World War II. His strict discipline, toughness, and self-sacrifice… Read More

The Estimate Process for Non-Combat Decision-Making

Introduction There are many of us in the RAF who have never heard of the Estimate and others who have heard of it but have not had any tuition in its use. As a result, it is often considered something of a ‘black art’ and strictly for the use of senior personnel who are involved… Read More

Deliberation & Action…

“Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.” Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 to 1821) Also known as Napoleon I, the Corsican or the Little Corporal, he was a French general, first consul of France (1799-1804), and emperor of the French (1804-1814/15), one of the most celebrated personages… Read More

Title Changes for Two Senior British Army Leaders

Two key figures in the British Army are taking on new titles to better reflect the work they are already doing at the top of the organisation (British Army, 2018). As part of an ongoing review of the Army’s operating model by Chief of the General Staff, General Mark Carleton-Smith, there are going to be… Read More

Today vs Tomorrow…

“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” Benjamin Franklin (1706 to 1790) Benjamin Franklin, also known as Ben Franklin and by the pseudonym Richard Saunders, was an American printer and publisher, author, inventor and scientist, and diplomat. One of the Founding Fathers, Franklin helped draft the Declaration of Independence and was one… Read More