Planning and Liaison
Forging the Centre of GravityBy Troy Mitchell May 16, 2019
According to Australian Army Doctrine LWD 5.0 - Planning, the Centre of Gravity (COG) is 'a source of power that provides moral, physical strength, freedom of action, or will to act'. When the enemy's COG is compromised, our chances of winning the battle are significantly increased. For this reason, a thorough COG analysis is critical to the planning process.
In this short paper, author Troy Mitchell argues that the best way for planners to conduct a COG analysis is to employ Structures Analytic Techniques (SAT).
The paper poses the question of whether we currently go far enough in our critical COG analysis to fully understand our adversaries and prevent strategic surprise.