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Strategy is a practical activity. So the strategist must do something. A strategist is not only someone who can understand or master the bridge between organised violence and policy objectives; he or she is necessarily someone who can do something about it. That is, they have authority and ownership, responsibility and accountability for the sum of the ends, ways and means. This is an important distinction about strategists that has not come out fully in any of the posts to date.

So while ‘strategy workers’ (that is, people who understand and ‘cross’ the strategy bridge) are relatively commonplace, true strategists are a rare breed. This perhaps accounts for the confusion surrounding the topic, as people confuse ‘strategy workers’ (or even ‘strategy commentators’…) with true strategists.