The Chinese sage of war, Sun Tze, emphasized knowledge of the context of battle as one of the primary factors for success. The context as he saw it was made up of knowledge of oneself, of the opposition, of the battlefield, and most importantly of “calculations,” that is interpretations as to what exactly such data meant. Over the past twenty‐five years in which US competitiveness has become a major subject of discussion and research much analysis has been performed on who the opposition was, less on who we are, even less on what the context was, and even less on what the context meant.
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