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The author briefly examines current and in some cases still evolving definitions in joint doctrine--especially as regards strategy, center of gravity, decisive point, and commander's intent. He discusses the heritage of those concepts and terms, most of which derived from the writings of Clausewitz and Sun Tzu, and finds that current joint planning definitions and concepts tend to confuse more than they inform.
Planning For and Applying Military Force: An Examination of Terms Lieutenant General (USMC Ret) Paul K Van Riper Lieutenant General (USMC Ret) Paul K Van Riper Security Strategy and Policy
Paul K. Van Riper Lieutenant General (USMC Ret),
Planning For and Applying Military Force: An Examination of Terms ( US Army War College Press, 2006),