“No plan survives contact with the enemy” is an old military adage, which simultaneously acknowledges the importance of strategic planning and the reality of the unpredictable chaos of the battlefield. In the 1980s, the United States Army adapted its strategic planning process by inventing a concept called Commander’s Intent—a crisp, plain-talk statement that appears at the top of every order, specifying the plan’s goal, the desired end-state of an operation.
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