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A national strategy hierarchy

by Alan J. Vick

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Abstract

This paper outlines some differences between tactical and strategic issues in an effort to define an "architecture" to make sense of the political, economic, and military dimensions of national strategy. It defines a national strategy hierarchy that links national goals and the means by which they are pursued. The hierarchy, based on a ranking generally accepted in military circles, starts with a nation's most basic goals, then translates them successively into national strategy, military doctrine, concepts of operations, and tactics, incorporating political, economic and force posture constraints.

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