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bc on Fri, 24 Jan 2003 08:27:26 +0100 (CET)

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[this document is submitted under the assumption that there
is something to be gained from open-source intelligence, and
if one reads this document, it mentions the fine arts and theory
as examples for its own approach. secondary, at least for this
person, when reading words can become variable, in that the
word 'military' strategy, or better- [military] strategy could be
replaced by whatever/however one approaches this subject,
and judged according to its relevancy to questions at hand.
of the many parallels to 'calls for unity' this document would
seem to indicate this is not possible on tactical or operational
levels, only in a broader strategic context. thus it is this very
recontextualization of this strategic document, i'm uncertain
as to who may have gone in-depth on multiple readings and
translations and replacements of words in documents to turn
them in on themselves, to renew their meaning in another way,
but this seems as good an example as any, if not quite helpful.

[military] could in turn become [human] or [social] or [group] or
[network] strategy, for instance. the question about such values,
if taken out of a militant context (as these principles are said to
be equally of value during crises and time of peace) is that of
how does a strategy develop by distributed, unspoken means?
in any case, if it is of interest to anyone on the nettime-list...]



William T. Johnsen, Douglas V. Johnson II, James O. Kievit,
Douglas C. Lovelace, Jr., Steven Metz. August 1, 1995


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[these principles are defined in greater detail in Strategic  


Objective : Identify and pursue clearly defined and
attainable goals whose achievement best furthers the national

Initiative :  Seize, retain, and exploit the initiative.

Unity of Effort :  For every objective coordinate all
activities to achieve unity of effort.

Focus :  Concentrate the elements of national power at the
place and time which best furthers pursuit of the primary
national objective.

Economy of Effort :  Allocate minimum essential resources to
subordinate priorities.

Orchestration :  Orchestrate the application of resources at
the times, places, and in ways which best further the
accomplishment of the objective.

Clarity :  Prepare clear strategies that do not exceed the
abilities of the organizations that will implement them.

Surprise :  Accrue disproportionate advantage through action
for which an adversary is not prepared.

Security :  Minimize the vulnerability of strategic plans,
activities, relationships, and systems to manipulation and
interference by opponents.

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