Nous for defence not just game of rhetoric

READ any contemporary media defence commentary and you’ll experience the destruction of multiple forest hectares, tonnes of CO2 but very little informed understanding of war.

Some experienced, surgically precise analysts, plus this present pocket gem of brilliance naturally excepted.

War evolves in four phases, political, strategic, operational and tactical.

The first two are fought mostly by Group A, politicians with narrow minds, broad hands, thick map pencils and small-scale maps.

Probably the worst by a short head was Austrian, the mere mention of whose name now results in life imprisonment without parole.

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