UNDERSTANDING THE SITUATION – OPERATIONAL VARIABLES AND THE DIRECT AND POTENTIAL INFLUENCES BETWEEN THEM
Conflicts between different state or non-state actors that pursue their own interests are a constant of the geopolitical regional and global environment. In this context, the military instrument of national power is more relevant than ever. The common denominator of coherent development and effective application of this instrument is the understanding of the operational environment and of the complex dynamic and volatile situations of the areas of interest. The operational variables represent a conceptual tool used to achieve it. Understanding the connections between these variables – direct or potential – facilitates the application of the military instrument of power in creative and effective ways.
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