Introduction: Military Strategy: What is the Use of It?

Peter Viggo Jakobsen
2022 Scandinavian Journal of Military Studies  
This special issue seeks to highlight the utility of military strategy for students and for practitioners, civilian and military alike. It seeks to dispel three myths: first, that military strategy is irrelevant for small states because they exist in an anarchic system in which "the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must" (Thucydides, ca. 400 B.C.E/ 1982, p. 351); second, that the "science" of causal theory is irrelevant to the "art" of strategic practice on account of the
more » ... mplex and inherently unpredictable nature of war; and, third, that military strategy is relevant only at the strategic level and should therefore not be taught to junior officers.
doi:10.31374/sjms.141 fatcat:7nqc4amlyjfrdngnjqmrg6w7hm