Strategy For Action

Using Force Wisely in the 21st Century


Rapidly approaching the end of our first decade in Afghanistan and recently returned from a bruising mission in Iraq, it is time to examine why our military forces struggle on modern operations. The answer is strategy. We rarely have it. We don't know how to form it. We don't even really know what it is.

Strategy For Action explains how it should be done. Lessons from history, current business practice and new insights are fused into a framework for strategic decision making.

'His analysis is damning' - Bernard Jenkin MP, Chairman, Public Administration Select Committee.

'Essential reading for anyone making or likely to be asked to implement strategy'
- Peter Hore in Warships IFR magazine.

'I read Strategy for Action with enormous enjoyment. It is full of good things. Especially valuable is his three-fold definition of war, and his distinction between the Clausewitzean and Jominian schools of thought. ... I think he has written an excellent book, and I hope it gets widely read.' - Sir Michael Howard.


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ISBN: 978-1-908134-00-4
352 pages
RRP: £9.99



Commodore Steven Jermy RN

About the Author

Commodore Steven Jermy RN retired from the Royal Navy in 2010, after a successful and varied military career that encompassed naval aviation, sea command and high level staff appointments. His commands included HM Ships Tiger Bay, Upton, Arrow, Cardiff, the 5th Destroyer Squadron and the Fleet Air Arm. His staff appointments were in the Ministry of Defence Directorate of Policy Planning and as Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of Defence Staff. He saw active service flying from HMS Invincible during the Falklands War and his most recent operational tour was as Strategy Director in the British Embassy in Kabul in Afghanistan 2007. He gained an MPhil in International Relations from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1992, graduated from the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2008, and now writes and lectures on modern strategy, including strategy in Afghanistan.