Now that you have understood the basics of strategic assessment and the basics of waging a contest/conflict. The next step is the planning of the campaign.
The Emphasis of Capturing and Prevailing With Minimum Violence
In war, to capture the whole nation intact is the best strategy; to ruin or shatter the nation is a weaker option. To capture the whole division intact is the best strategy; to destroy it is a weaker option. To capture the whole battalion intact is the best strategy; to destroy it is a weaker option. To capture the whole company intact is the best strategy; to destroy it is a weaker option. To capture the whole section intact is the best strategy; to destroy it is a weaker option.
- Source: Chinese-wiki.com
"Best competitive approach is to attack strategies; the next to attack alliances; the next to attack the personnel; and the worst to assault the terrain." - Art of War (The Compass Project)
The Idealistic Essence of the Approach
When you are ignorant of the enemy but know yourself, your chances of winning or losing are equal. If ignorant both of your enemy and of yourself, you are certain in every battle to be in peril.' - Art of War 3 (Griffith translation )
The Field Objective and the Field Approach i
The Situational Approach For Numeric Mismatch
...If double his strength, divide him;
If equally matched engage him. ... If weaker numerically, be capable of withdrawing; ... And if in all respects unequal, be capable of eluding him, for a small force is but booty for one more powerful. ..." - Art of War 3 (Griffith translation)
- He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious.
- He who understands how to use both large and small forces will be victorious.
- He whose ranks are united in purpose will be victorious.
- He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.
- He whose generals are able and not interfered with by the sovereign will be victorious.
- the choices of objectives;
- the emphasis of capturing and prevailing with minimum violence;
- the understanding of the idealistic approach;
- the understanding of the situational approach; and
- the understanding of the strategic disposition of the competitor.
Comments From The Compass Desk
By reading the first three chapters from a top down view, one slowly learns how to assess the situation, position him/her selves ahead and influence the competition to submission by focusing on the objective while being mindful of the grand terrain and beyond.