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This essay develops a simple, yet comprehensive definition of strategic art. Strategic art entails the orchestration of all the instruments of national power to yield specific, well-defined end states. Desired end states and strategic outcomes derive from the national interests and are variously defined in terms of physical security, economic well-being, and the promotion of values. Strategic art, broadly defined, is therefore: The skillful formulation, coordination, and application of ends (objectives), ways (courses of action), and means (supporting resources) to promote and defend the national interests.
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Chilcoat, Richard A. Lieutenant General (USA, Ret), "Strategic Art: The New Discipline for 21st Century Leaders" (1995). Monographs, Books, and Publications. 228.