Exploitation of critical vulnerabilities provides a pathway to attacking the enemy’s “center of gravity”.
In warfare, there are two related concepts that help us to think about this: centers of gravity and critical vulnerabilities. We ask ourselves: Which factors are critical to the enemy? Which can the enemy not do without? Which, if eliminated, will bend him most quickly to our will? These are centers of gravity.
Depending on the situation, centers of gravity may be intangible characteristics such as resolve or morale. They may be capabilities such as armored forces or aviation strength. They may be localities such as a critical piece of terrain that anchors an entire defensive system. Read more at clausewitz.
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