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Strategy Versus Tactics in Forest Insect Control

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Protection of forests from insects should be examined in the different contexts of tactics, strategy, and grand strategy. Tactics are concerned with the immediate, strategy pertains to the broader purposes and the choice of tactics in a maneuver, and grand strategy pertains to the cost-benefit relations of conservation, and to the administrative machinery by which policies are decided and provisions for action are made. While there is practical logic in the tactical approach of prescribing a type of procedure for a type of situation, the strategic purpose should be kept in sight, and in turn the strategic gain should be weighed in terms of a grand strategy of costs, repercussions, and benefits. The complexities can be appraised by means of flow diagrams.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Forest Entomology, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Publication date: 1964-11-01

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