Operations and Tactics are often misunderstood. What are their roles in the strategic process and how can dividing strategy into two stages help in better implementation and manifestation of an ideational hierarchy.
This division of strategy into operations and tactics helps explain the role of resources in strategy. It places the examination and discussion of resources in the operational stage of the strategic process and puts doctrine as the opposing waystation in operations.
Any creation of strategy requires, at some point, the examination of available and potential resources for ideational manifestation. Engaging with resources as the first station is not always the best option, but it is, for the most part, a wise way to begin a strategic examination.
Many people think a lack of resources means that the strategic process is over. This is patently false. A lack of resources does not mean that manifestation will absolutely fail, but rather that the unit may have to concentrate on resource acquisition as part of the strategic process.
The examination of resources is, itself, divided into an examination of the resources in light of the other waystations demands and limitations. By examining resources in relation to the other waystation, a fuller strategic framework develops. The same will be true for each of the other waystations as well.
This permits faster actions and reactions to changes in the environment and the actions of others. It also determines limits on actions in time and space.
Next week: Hopefully Doctrine with a mix of more resources.
See you next week.
Dr. D. Leitner