1. Is a prudent idea or set of ideas for employing the instruments of national power in a synchronized and integrated fashion to achieve theater, national, and/or multinational objectives. It is expressed as to what ends are to be achieved, how it will be done (ways), and what means will it require to be accomplished. (PAM 3-00) 2. The art and science if employing the armed forces and other elements of national power during peace, conflict and war to secure national security objectives. (PAM 8-03)

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