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Clausewitz Condensed

Proper Focus for Armed Force

There "is no higher and simpler law of strategy," (204) Clausewitz says, than to concentrate force on the enemy's weak link, his strategic "center of gravity."

"...[O]ne must keep the dominant characteristics of both belligerents in mind. Out of these characteristics a certain center of gravity develops, the hub of all power and movement, on which everything depends. That is the point against which all our energies should be directed." (595-596)

Thus, the task is to locate the adversary's center of gravity, which might be his capital, his key ally, or his armed forces.