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end state

Definition/Scope: At the national strategic level, the end state is represented by the broadly expressed conditions that the President wants to exist when a campaign or major operation ends. The end state is thus an image of the operational environment consistent with national interests and policy. The strategic end state is achieved through the integrated, collective activities of all instruments of national power, not by any single instrument applied in isolation. Clearly describing the end state requires understanding the operational environment and operational theme, and assessing the environment's friendly, enemy, adversary, and neutral aspects. Commanders include it in their planning guidance and commander's intent. A clearly defined end state promotes unity of effort, facilitates integration and synchronization, and helps mitigate risk. Based on the strategic end state, commanders determine the conditions that compose the supporting military end state. Army operations typically focus on attaining the military end state. However, Army operations also contribute to establishing nonmilitary conditions. Sometimes that is their focus. Operational level commanders explicitly describe the end state and its defining conditions for every operation. FM 3-0 (Joint) The set of required conditions that defines achievement of the commander's objectives. JP 3-0

Broader Terms:

Commander’s Intent
Commander’s visualization
lines of effort
major operation
operational art
operational theme

Narrower Terms:

lines of effort
Military DecisionMaking Process

Related Terms:

Center Of Gravity
concept of operations
decisive operation
decisive point
direct approach
indirect approach
lines of effort
Lines Of Operation
Measure Of Effectiveness
operation order
operational approach
operational reach
shaping operation
Warrior Ethos

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