Summer Essay: “The Strategic Utility of Space and People”

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By Kevin Black

I recently participated in an essay contest by  The three best essays would be required reading in DS470: Military Strategy in the Defense & Strategic Studies Program at West Point.  Of the 21 questions available to answer I chose Question #7: “How do geography and demographics impact a nation’s grand and military strategic choices?”

Even though this is a military themed topic, the material is pertinent to business leaders.  The central take-away is the influence of peripheral forces on strategy development.  For example, the relationship between sellers and strategic partners will indirectly influence how strategy is interpreted and developed.   So, here is the essay.


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