SUN can be used on a broader scale

SUN TZU’s book the Art of War is
possibly one of the best readings I have ever had the chance to indulge myself
in next to reading anything that has to do with the Civil War or World War 2. Sun Tzu’s text can be used on a
broader scale than just for warfare. Let’s break down some of the areas
that would be very helpful today’s society and possibly help us as a nation
when trying to prevent some of these previous disasters. Sun Tzu speaks on the use of spies and the use of intelligence. He
then focuses on the importance of developing good information sources, and
specifies the five types of intelligence sources and how to best manage each of
them. How good and pleasant would this have been with modern day attacks that
we have hard right here in our own country? I didn’t want to go here but,
everyone remembers Austin, Texas, United States
Andrew Joseph Stack III crashes his plane into an IRS building in
Austin, Texas killing himself, a person inside the building, as well as
injuring 13 others. The crash caused a serious fire and significant damage to
the building. New York City,
New York,
United States
New York’s Times Square was evacuated after the discovery of a car bomb US
government believes radical Islamists in the Pakistani Taliban directed the plot and quite
possibly may have financed it. Then there was the incident in
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
when a man used a pipe bomb to attack a mosque. The
bomb exploded while about 60 Muslims were praying in the mosque. Luckily the
attack caused no injuries or deaths.
Mohamed Osman Mohamed planned to detonate what he thought was a car bomb at a Christmas tree lighting
ceremony in Portland, Oregon, but was actually part of a
FBI Sting operation. He was arrested and charged with attempted terrorism. All these
incidents had taken place in the past few years and this is just the beginning
of what else has happened.

Next Sun Tzu explains about “Laying Plans and the Calculations that
explore the five fundamental factors or the way, seasons, terrain, leadership
and management and seven elements that determine the outcomes of military
engagements”. By thinking, assessing and comparing these points, a commander
can calculate his chances of victory. Constant deviation from these
calculations will ensure failure due to improper action. The text stresses that
war is a very grave matter for the state and must not be commenced without due
consideration. With this said I believe this strategy can apply not only to war
but to life itself. This is a basic leadership statement. If you close your
eyes and open your mind you will hear the true meaning behind these words which
is “be a leader”, make sound and timely decisions but most important be clear
and decisive on your instructions and don’t back down. This is a formula that
can and will work in today’s environment for sure. Sure, for all intents and
purposes this was meant to be a guide to train military leaders in the “Art of
War” but as you flip through the pages you will find out that it’s much more
than that. If you are any type of leader especially a military leader this is
your be, know, do book. This is your manual of instruction for the future. This
is the one book that you definitely need to add to your archives. Just the
basics alone can improve on skills that are sometimes either overlooked or
untrained in today’s military but are still relevant. When I enter the Army a
long time ago, there was a great deal of focus on military movement and
movement drills, the “Blue Book” written by Friedrich von Steuben was our best friend but
this is not the case today. This art form is obsolete which has caused major
debacles from the smallest spectacles such as graduations where the damage is
minimal to major deployments were casualties are plentiful. So much has changed
since the “Blue Book” was written. If we as leaders would implement a few of
Sun Tzu teachings as far as “the Army
on the March and Moving The Force” he describes the different situations
in which an army finds itself as it moves through new enemy territories, and
how to respond to these situations. Much of this section focuses on evaluating
the intentions of others. The book the Art of War is not just male or female
book it’s a leader’s book. A leader is not subjected to just male or female.
This is for any and everyone in the leadership business or anyone who is
looking to be a leader in life period. I would even recommend this reading for
anyone who is trying to better themselves or who are trying to do something
positive with their life, I guarantee this book can only do one thing and that
is help. The best this about Sun Tzu and Great Captains Unveiled is that
both books lay out in full detail the principles of strategy, tactics, maneuvering,
communication, and supplies; the use of terrain and fire power for their
respective era. They all allowed me to see how much alike but on the same token
how much different they were, so I could make my own conclusions in the end.

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