Military and Strategic Journal
Issued by the Directorate of Morale Guidance at the General Command of the Armed Forces
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Articles

Lessons from the War in Ukraine: Defence to Offense to Termination

Dr. John R. Ballard, Former Dean of the National Defense College   The conflict in the Ukraine illustrates one of the most important and dangerous transitions in war: the shift from defence to offense. Russia began the conflict

Lessons from the War in Ukraine: the Changeable Character of War

Dr. John R. Ballard, Former Dean of the National Defense College The conflict in Ukraine demonstrates one of the most important and enduring of the principles of warfare: the character of war effects its outcomes. Warfare

Lessons from the War in Ukraine: Strategic Leadership

Dr. John R. Ballard, Former Dean of the National Defense College National power depends upon many dynamics. History shows that the greatest crises have often been shaped as much by personal leadership as by national resources or

Lessons from the War in Ukraine: Alliances

By:Dr. John R. Ballard, Former Dean of the National Defense College   The ongoing conflict between Russia and the Ukraine has already produced several valuable lessons for strategists. One of the clearest early lessons reinforces the importance and

Disaster Assistance and National Values

Dr. John R. Ballard, Former Dean of the National Defense College   The horrific earthquake that ravished Turkey and Syria, leaving tens of thousands of people dead in the biggest natural disaster in the Middle East for decades

Implementing Strategy: Analysing Time and Performance

By: Dr. John R.Ballard At this date, many around the world are wondering if the current COVID-19 battle is nearly over, or if this is only the first contact in a longer, worrisome campaign of re-occurring

Implementing Strategy: Managing Time

By: Dr. John R.Ballard As the current COVID-19 crisis shows all too well, responding strategically to any crisis requires leaders to judge Time and its effects over the longer term. Time must also be actively managed

Strategic Issues: Conceptualising Time

By: Dr. John R.Ballard   Making strategy work effectively during a crisis is the essential challenge of leaders. Yet, even with a solid understanding of key strategic principles, it is always difficult for leaders to put plans

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

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