LEARNING EVENT 2
REVIEW THE STRATEGIC SETTING
The second area to be considered in a battle analysis is the strategic setting. As you did in Learning Event 1, try to
answer as many questions as possible. Do not rely on your memory but refer back to the resource materials and your
notes for more information.
a. Determine the causes of the conflict.
(1) What was the period of history in which the battle occurred, and what was its influence on the fight?
(2) In which war did the battle occur?
(3) Who were the adversaries, and what were their war aims?
(4) What were the principal events leading up to the battle or operation to be analyzed?
(5) How did the causes of the conflict influence the strategic objectives?
b. Compare the principal antagonists.
(1) What were the political, economic, religious, social, and technological factors associated with the war, and
what influence did they have on the battle?
(2) National (strategic) objectives.
What was the national purpose of the nations involved in the conflict?
What were the goals or objectives of the opposing nations?
What were the nations' vital interests?
Were the nations' interests consistent with their goals and objectives and with their national purpose?
What were the policies of the nations for achieving their national goals and objectives?
What were the commitments (treaties, diplomatic statements, and executive agreements) of the opposing
(g) What were the programs (allocation of resources and procedures) to support the policies and
commitments to achieve national goals and objectives?
(3) Military systems.
(a) What armed forces did the nations possess?