Uncertainty in Combat
Hughes, Wayne P. Jr.
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From this uncertainty of all intelligence and suppositions, this continual interposition of chance, the actor in War constantly finds things different from this expectation: and this cannot fail to have an influence on his plans, or at least on the presumptions connected with these plans. If the influence is so great as to render the predetermined plan completely null, then, as a rule, a new one must be substituted in its place; but at the moment the necessary data are often wanting for this, because in the course of action circumstances press for immediate decision, and allow no time to look about for fresh data, often not enough for mature consideration.
The following commentary is taken verbatim from a forthcoming monograph entitled "Combat Science: An Organizing Study."
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