Strategy is the bridge between military power and political purpose. Its state of repair is highly variable. Moreover, although it is a bridge that must allow two-way traffic between tasking from policy and evidence on military feasibility, it is the former that must dominate. When policy fails to command it finds itself the servant of warfare, the reverse of the only legitimate terms of the relationship.
Colin S. Gray, Strategy and History: Essays on theory and practice (Abingdon, Oxon.: Routledge, 2006), p. 1.
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