How we change what others think, feel, believe and do
Crippling takes away a critical ability, removing the enemy's potential for specific actions. Then exploit the weakness created.
When the enemy loses a particular capability they are weakened such that you can now use this as a strategic advantage.
If their airfields and aircraft are destroyed, this gives you air superiority by which you can attack targets at will.
If the weaponry in certain installations is disabled, you can mount frontal assaults.
If an enemy cannot communicate, it cannot report on your positions or actions. Nor can it send commands or requests between its various parts. It thus runs open loop ands effectively rudderless, allowing you to sneak up unnoticed, to divide and confuse and otherwise cause chaos.
In the 1990-1 Gulf War, the US forces started by disabling Iraqi communications systems. Later, they destroyed utilities for Bagdad, including electricity supplies.
In negotiations keep people in the negotiating room, stopping them from taking breaks and stepping out to call headquarters for advice and information.
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