Chapter 7. Engage the Enemy

Engage the Enemy

The superior militarist strikes while schemes are being laid. The next best is to attack alliances. The next best is to attack the army. The lowest is to attack a city. Siege a city only as a last resort.

 --Sun Tzu

Executive Summary

To engage and prevail in battle requires the alignment of key factors. This chapter examines the following such factors.

  1. Solid preparation

  2. Skill assessment

  3. Creation of “invincibility” in oneself and one’s organization

  4. Discovery of the vulnerability of one’s adversary

  5. Understanding of the battle equation

  6. The judicious application of force against weakness.


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