Strategy and Grand Strategy: What Students and Practitioners Need to Know

Strategy and Grand Strategy: What Students and Practitioners Need to Know. Strategic Studies Institute. Tami Davis Biddle. December 31, 2015.

The author examines why it is so difficult to devise, implement, and sustain sound strategies and grand strategies. Her analysis begins with an examination of the meaning of the term “strategy” and a history of the ways that political actors have sought to employ strategies and grand strategies to achieve their desired political aims. She examines the reasons why the logic undergirding strategy is often lacking and why challenges of implementation, including bureaucratic politics, unforeseen events, civil-military tensions, and domestic pressures, complicate and undermine desired outcomes.

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