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The Principles of War

The 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 time. 

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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