Gravity-free Decision-making: Avoiding Clausewitz’s Strategic Pull

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While many elements of Carl von Clausewitz’s seminal work On War are entrenched within most Anglo-Saxon military doctrines, practices and methodologies for strategic planning, none have taken such a grip upon military institutions as his ‘centres of gravity’ precept. The American military academia in particular have invested signi cant time and resources into debating the value of the centre of gravity, yet it continues to appear questionable in both application to real world scenarios and dubious in complex, adaptive environments for gaining greater understanding. Clausewitz’s concept requires us to approach not just the methodological structures of the concept in doctrinal or theoretical form, but to take deeper philosophical and sociological queries into how we think about our thinking.

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