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National War Strategy

On any level strategy, according to Lykke, is comprised of three concepts that are interconnected in a triangular relationship. The ends are the objectives or goals that leaders hope to attain. The ways represent the second leg of strategy or exactly how and through which action plans the leaders hope to attain their ends. Finally, the means represent the power or resources the leaders hope to employ in order arrive at their ends. To summarize the interrelationship of the three triangle legs representing strategy; the ways utilize the means to achieve the ends. According to Lykke, the best any strategy can guarantee is a “favorable balance against failure” and to reduce risk of failure the ends, means and ways must as balanced as possible (Yarger 7).

Examining World War II it is easy to see the division of strategy in the US on the national, national military and theater levels. It is also possible to discover the ends, ways and means employed at each level. While the best combination of objectives (ends), concepts (ways) and resources (means) are sought in formulating strategy at any level, the combination must still be subjected to the combined measuring stick of suitability, feasibility and acceptability. These three standards are used to determine whether the combination of objectives, conce


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