This refers to a tradecraft mechanism of thinking when managing or engaging a particularly difficult opposing force (enemy, target).
When in a combat, surveillance, logistics or other operations situation, there may be a counter force / physical obstruction that limits, impedes or negatively complicates mission success or viability.
“If it can move, it can be stopped and if it’s alive, it can be killed.”
This “force” is anything or anyone non-stationary (nonfixed foreign element) in the field of play; an enemy combatant on foot you have to directly engage, an adversary vehicle strategically blocking traffic or a trained guard dog patrolling a building’s proximity.
It’s a tactical logic that if a force is movable or alive, then that force can be manipulated or destroyed to complete or continue the mission objective.
Whether it’s an armored tank or an armed person, it can always be dealt with like a physics problem.
[OPTICS : BRUSSELS, BELGIUM]