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the point within something at which gravity can be considered to act

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Air Force, which takes a "targeting" approach to warfare, sees centers of gravity as multiple strategic and operational critical points that it can attack with its bombing assets.
6) The Joint Staff now defines centers of gravity as those "characteristics, capabilities, or locations from which a military force derives its freedom of action, physical strength, or will to fight.
One of the most difficult problems that senior military leaders face at the strategic level is the determination and analysis of the centers of gravity for friendly and opposing forces.
Simply put, a shared understanding of hybrid warfare and centers of gravity are required for a fresh analysis of ISIL.
Echeverria does not advocate the partitioning of centers of gravity at the strategic, operational, or tactical levels, and argues that these are modern artificial constructs and not how Clausewitz viewed warfare.
These selections are the respective centers of gravity.
Exploitation of these vulnerabilities could significantly damage ISIL's centers of gravity.
4) These sources of power where the enemy derives its strength are commonly referred to as centers of gravity.
5) Joint doctrine also specifies that centers of gravity may be found at all three levels of war (strategic, operational, and tactical) and that they should be nested, meaning the destruction of an operational-level center of gravity should have a major impact on the strategic center of gravity.
3 emphasizes using a holistic view of the operational environment to identify centers of gravity in a system.
Any discussions of centers of gravity at this point are premature.
Similar to the approach adopted by the Marine Corps, centers of gravity and critical vulnerabilities are regarded as different but complementary ideas.
It seems to rely on an approach developed by Joseph Strange, who concluded that service definitions lacked precision and tended to equate centers of gravity with physical ruinerabilities or strengths without enough attention to psychological centers of power.
The Armed Forces have come a long way in understanding centers of gravity and critical vulnerabilities.
On the strategic level, centers of gravity might include a military force, an alliance, a set of critical capabilities or functions, or national strategy itself.
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