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detail assessment and planning – chapter 1 – the art of war

The Art of War

Chapter 1

Detail Assessment and Planning

Warfare is a great matter to a nation.

It is the ground of death and of life.

It is the way of survival and of destruction, and must be examined.

Therefore, go through it by means of five factors – compare them by means of calculation, and determine their statuses:

  1. The Way is what causes the people to have the same thinking as their superiors; they may be given death, or they may be given life, but there is no fear of danger and betrayal.
  2. Heaven is dark and light, cold and hot, and the seasonal constraints.
  3. Ground is high and low, far and near, obstructed and easy, wide and narrow, and dangerous and safe.
  4. General is wisdom, credibility, benevolence, courage, and discipline.
  5. Law is organization, the chain of command, logistics, and the control of expenses.

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