You may wonder how my comments about our poor strategic leaders and the crisis in resources plays into grand strategy, but how we deal with the unprecedented ramp up in the cost of this most basic of commodities (as close to a tax on breathing as is humanly possible) will affect Boyd’s four elements of grand strategy:
- Improve our morale and that of our allies
- Degrade that of our opponents
- Attract the uncommitted
- Without setting the stage for future (unfavorable) conflict.
I use these as guidelines when I address the poor (idiotic-no excuses allowed) strategic choices our nation’s leaders have made in the last 35 years. I also use these when I address adaptability. When I lay these out for my audiences, I have seen naysayers tell me, “…okay, I see that differently now, you have thought it about [this issue] more than I have.” (this is an actual quote from a die hard Republican, an Army officer). Afterward, myself and several others, including this individual had a very good discussion over strategic leadership and Boyd, and how it impacts adaptability.
My friend and fellow bloggers Chet Richards and Fabius Maximus cover these issues in far better detail than I do. I am indebted to them for what they have taught me.