When the Army loses a Soldier, Civilian, or Contractor, it loses a member of the Army team, a family member, and a friend. Such losses also reduce combat power and potential. Damage or destruction of equipment and harm to the environment adversely affect the Army. Although Soldiering is the business of danger we cannot afford to consider loss as the “cost of doing business.” No preventable loss is acceptable. As an Army leader, you must learn to balance the risk of loss against the potential for gain. You must make sound risk decisions. Furthermore, you must influence the risk decisions of those you lead. The ultimate goal is to fight and win the nation’s wars at the minimum cost of human, material, and environmental resources.