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The Principles of War
Principles of War are frequently mentioned as a valuable, ingrained, check
list toward achieving success.
I. Objective -
Every military operation should be directed towards a clearly defined,
decisive and attainable objective.
II. Offense - Seize, retain and exploit the initiative.
III. Mass - Concentrate combat power at the decisive place and
IV. Economy of Force - Allocate minimum essential combat power
to secondary efforts.
V. Maneuver - Place the enemy in a position of disadvantage through
the flexible application of combat power.
VI. Unity of Command - For every objective, there should be unity
of effort under one responsible commander.
VII. Security - Never permit the enemy to acquire an unexpected advantage.
VIII. Surprise - Strike the enemy at a time and/or place and in a
manner for which he is unprepared.
IX. Simplicity - Prepare clear, uncomplicated plans and clear,
concise orders to insure thorough understanding.
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