Military and Strategic Journal
Issued by the Directorate of Morale Guidance at the General Command of the Armed Forces
United Arab Emirates
Founded in August 1971

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Implementing Strategy: Strategic Thinking

Today we face unrest in many parts of the region, changing economic conditions, technological transformations effecting every facet of our lives, and significant threats in the cyber realm; solutions to these challenges will require the

Implementing Strategy: Cross-cutting National Efforts

By: Dr. John R.Ballard Former Dean of the National Defense College Focusing national power is a complex task, particularly when the objective is designed to influence another nation or its leadership. Cross-cutting national capabilities can often be

Capstone on Combined Effects Thinking

By: Dr. Thomas A. Drohan Dean of the National Defense College  This article completes the series on combined effects strategy. First, the foundation. My first two articles of 2018 related the legacy of Dr. John Ballard’s thought

Implementing Strategy: Vital Strategic Security

Modern strategists need to be proficient using the essential capabilities of national power to engage effectively on the international scene. Having previously introduced several fundamentals of strategic engagement, it is important to address some of

Crafting Combined Effects

My previous article discussed “planning to win.” In complex wars, winning is not an end-state, but rather a continuous process of gaining advantage through combinations of desired effects. This competition involves relationships that are both

Implementing Strategy: Necessary International Cooperation

By: Dr. John R.Ballard Former Dean of the National Defense College   Modern strategists need to be proficient using the essential capabilities of national power to engage effectively internationally. Having introduced several fundamentals of strategic engagement and outlined

Planning to Win

By: Dr. Thomas A. Drohan Dean of the National Defense College   Winning complex wars, not just battles, requires persistent effects that fit the context at hand. In this sense, “winning” is a continual process of seeking relative

Implementing Strategy:Essential Freedom of Action

By: Dr. John R.Ballard Former Dean of the National Defense College   Making strategy work effectively is the essential challenge of international affairs. Having identified some key principles making strategists more effective, it is incumbent on us to

Combined Effects Strategy

By: Dr. Thomas A. Drohan Dean of the National Defense College  This article on combined effects strategy is a continuation of the last two: blending theory with practice, and fundamentals of strategic thinking.  When we blend theory with

Implementing Strategy: Essential Strategic Principles

By: Dr. John R.Ballard   Former Dean of the National Defense College   Our regional security grows ever more complex and important with the ongoing changes in the global power structure. Modern strategists must now be capable of managing

Some Fundamentals for Strategic Thinking

By: Dr. Thomas A. Drohan   Dean of the National Defense College   It’s easy to get distracted from thinking strategically, so let’s focus on fundamentals. Strategy is a process in which we link ends, ways and means at

Evolving Strategic Issues: The Knowledge Economy

By: Dr. John R.Ballard Former Dean of the National Defense College Developing a future national vision is fundamental to security in our complex age. Crafting such a vision requires an understanding of future geopolitical circumstances and best

Blending Theory with Practice

By: Dr. Thomas A. Drohan Dean of the National Defense College National security strategists study both theory and practice because winning complex wars requires both. Thinking critically about assumptions, logic and evidence helps us anticipate threats to

Strategic Coordination Tools: The United Nations

By: Dr. John R.Ballard Former Dean of the National Defense College Security is an evolving concept in our modern world. To act effectively against complex challenges our strategic leaders should be able to call upon a menu

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