1. A state and society get used to the longest and the bloodiest of wars as another way of living and dying. If you do not show your people what a victory is and how a government is planning to achieve it, you cannot mobilize the majority to work for the war and live for the war.
2. A war does not end by itself; it ends with a victory of one of the sides. It can last forever.
3. The purpose of combat activities is to destroy the most valuable asset of the enemy - its soldiers. The best tactics of a combat is the one inflicting irreparable losses to the enemy and minimizing its own. The best commander is the one who does his best every day to reach this goal. The rest of the goals and qualities are of less importance.
4. The major qualities of a commander are aggressiveness, independence, and proactivity. Discipline is the basis for an army's operations; an initiative is the basis of a victory. This is why a good commander is always uncomfortable and unaccommodating for the command. A commander who is not able to impose his will upon the command, is also not able to impose his will upon his subordinates and, most importantly, upon the enemy.
5. In a combat, an army is motivated not by slogans, but by leadership and personal example of their commanders. Political leadership that deems the army its personal force resource instead of the state system for destroying external enemy will always promote obedient and humble people for commanding posts instead of professional and aggressive ones.
6. A measure for an army's combat effectiveness is a soldier, not a general. To know how the army is supplied, one needs to see how a frontline soldier is supplied. To know how the army is prepared, one needs to see how a frontline soldier is prepared, not maneuvers on a training field. In order to know how the army is equipped, there's no need to look at staff documents, but it's worth seeing how an infantry platoon at the frontline is equipped. To know whether the army respects its generals, there's no need to count their stars - all you need is to ask an infantryman at the frontline whether he knows this commander and his opinion about him.
7. If a general gives an order, but his soldiers have never seen him, then the general does not exist. A soldier proves he is able to fulfill orders, and a general proves he is worth the honor to send soldiers to die.
8. A general who is afraid to look in the eyes of mothers of soldiers whom he sent to die kills them again with his own hands. A general who is afraid to be held responsible for soldiers' death looks more dishonorable than the dirtiest army crap house.
9. A war is not a competition between good and decent people; it's not a correlation between force and money. A war is a competition of enemy destruction systems. A less flexible and less efficient system always loses to a more flexible and more efficient one.
10. A war only ends when the enemy realizes that it receives more coffins than results. It's when the war transforms from a foreign policy problem to an interior one.
Peace is not when the enemy hesitates about killing us. Peace is when the enemy is afraid that it will be killed.
Yurii Butusov, Censor.NET
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