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Title: Introduction

Action: Screen begins with a graphic representing the link between doctrine and strategy and music playing. When the music ends, the narration starts and the link is removed. A picture of Carl von Clausewitz appears on the left and the following quote from his book On War is shown on the left:

The political objective is the goal, war is the means of reaching it, and means can never be considered in isolation from their purpose.

Voice: In his book On War, Carl von Clausewitz described war as the means of reaching political objectives. The means can never be considered in isolation from the purpose. Modern political objectives are achieved through certain strategies. Modern warfare is also guided by certain doctrine.

Action: The quote is replaced by another quote form the book:

The political objective—the original motive for war—will thus determine both the military objective to be reached and the amount of effort it requires.

Voice: Thus, according to Clausewitz, strategies are reached through the appropriate application of doctrine. Likewise, it can be stated that doctrine should never be considered in isolation from strategy.

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