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A New Strategy for Complex Warfare: Combined Effects in East Asia By Thomas A. Drohan ...

Chapter 1:  Security and Strategy
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A New Strategy for Complex Warfare:

Chapter 1

Security and Strategy

To begin, we first develop a framework for complex warfare through a discussion of security and strategy. Much of the literature about security strategy is concerned with structures and dynamics of the global system. What are the principles that govern relations among various actors? What is the emerging distribution of power? When do shifts in influence occur, and what are the consequences of such changes?

While these exercises are important, practitioners wrestle with problems of how to pursue security. What are the best strategies under actual conditions? What tools are most effective in a given situation? These concerns are shaped by assumptions about the operating environment. Therefore strategists need broad concepts and practical starting points to envision, plan, and adaptively execute operations.

Where should one look to find frameworks to inform the application of strategy? Ideological approaches to international security may be appealing, but these tend to seduce practitioners away from details that matter. Strategic studies below the level of policy are rare.1 Enter military doctrine, a hands-on genre neglected by security theorists. Filled with principles and procedures derived from historical experience, doctrine