That’s a big thought from Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, and one worth pondering. I’ve never seen it made before. Reflecting on it, I suspect he is right.
Here is how he puts it, in an article in Survival magazine that was highlighted the other day by The Strategy Bridge:
In Iraq and Afghanistan, for example, gaps between prior visions of future warfare and the nature of the eventual wars themselves complicated efforts to adapt strategy over time. Minimalist, linear plans – in place at the outset of both wars – were disconnected from the ambition of broader policy objectives and the complexity of the operating environment. Indeed, recent war plans have, at times, been essentially narcissistic, failing to account for interactions with determined enemies and other complicating variables.
Read the full article at Foreign Policy