Now comes USMC Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Frank Hoffman, head of National Defense University Press, writing in Armed Forces Journal, with a proposed new Principle of War, Understanding.
Strategist Bernard Brodie once observed that “good strategy presumes good anthropology and good sociology.” Fundamentally, war involves an iterative competition between peoples whose behavior patterns will be a result of a complex combination of factors. Our national security community has experts who monitor and study the strategic and military culture of adversarial states and assess an opponent’s military capabilities. During the Cold War, we created a cadre of experts in Russian history, language and culture. After the Cold War, we lost that expertise.From the United Kingdom we have this explanation:
Intelligence is knowing a tomato is a fruit; understanding is not putting it in a fruit salad.Understanding.
The source was Joint Defense Publication 04, Chapter 2, Page 2-1.
For me the Principles of War is not a list to be memorized, but rather a set of terms to use for a series of discussions about what they mean at this time and place and in possible future conflicts.
Regards — Cliff