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July 12, 2010



I've always been leery of planners who claim to have identified a center of gravity in a campaign. Planning checklists almost seem to beg planners to identify a COG, with many planners almost haphazardly inserting their all-purpose, magic-bullet solution. The truth is that you are right, we need to review our use of "center of gravity" in operational thought.


I think we need to find out what works for us and our strategic culture and requirements. Plenty of armies have won without ever thinking of the COG concept, although they might have intuitively identified a COG or defined it by another name.

If the COG concept is too difficult for the American military to implement, then we should find a way of planning operations that fits with the "army we have."

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