Article PDF: 9.2.1 Personnel Risk

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Sun Tzu's five rules regarding the vulnerability of key individuals upon which a position depends.

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This article explains that if we don't understand exactly how Sun Tzu's concept of our strategic position depends on others, we cannot understand how to defend our position during a crisis. We depend on both the generic roles of groups and the unique roles of key individuals. Individuals are more susceptible to attacks than groups. As individuals, people can be isolated and attacked personally on many different levels: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. While groups can be attacked, they can only be attacked on they physical level: on their financial or physical base of support. If the individuals on which we depend are vulnerable, then we are vulnerable. We are especially vulnerable if we depend on the support of only a few, key people.