Principles Of War!!!!!!!!!!

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

December 17th, 2006, 1:30 am #1

Now, I am a patient man--very patient!
But I am sick and gd tired of hearing about Japan's dastardly "sneak attack" on Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7th, 1941!!!!!!!!!!

It has been 65 damn years now--get off of it!

As anyone who may not yet know, one of the foremost principles of war is...(drumroll, please)...SURPRISE!

(See Beow, please)

The United States Armed Forces use the following nine principles of war in training their officers:

Define a decisive and attainable objective for every military operation.

Seize, retain, and exploit the initiative.

Apply sufficient force to achieve the objective.

Economy of Force
Focus the right amount of force on the key objective, without wasting force on secondary objectives.

Place the enemy in a position of disadvantage through the flexible application of combat power.

Unity of Command
For every objective, there must be a unified effort and one person responsible for command decisions.

Never permit the enemy to acquire an unexpected advantage.

Otherwise known as "Audacity"; Strike the enemy at a time and/or place and in a manner for which he is unprepared.

Prepare clear, uncomplicated plans and clear, concise orders.

(Officers in the U.S. Military sometimes use the acronym "MOUSE MOSS" to remember the first letters of these nine principles.)

There is a debate within the American military establishment to adopt flexibility as the tenth principle of war. In The Growing Imperative to Adopt Flexibility as an American Principle of War, Robert S. Frost argues that the concept of flexibility should be integrated with America's warfighting doctrine.

[edit] British principles of war

The UK uses 10 principles of war, as taught to all officers of the Royal Navy, British Army, and Royal Air Force:

Selection and Maintenance of the Aim
Define the end state and ensure that all strategy is directed toward achieving it.

Concentration of Force
Make the best use of military power to achieve the commander's aims by overwhelming the enemy's military capacity.

Economy of Effort
Make efficient use of forces, conserving energy and materiel to prevent unnecessary depletion.

Maintenance of Morale
Prevent one's own forces from losing the will to fight.

Offensive Action
Maintain operational tempo by attacking the enemy.

Be able to respond to unexpected changes or attacks and be able to modify one's plans accordingly.

Ensure that the maritime, land and air components work in unison to achieve the end state .

Prevent the enemy from benefiting from lapses in operational security at all stages of the military process.

Seize the initiative by attacking the enemy when, where and how he least expects it.

Support, fuel and guide forces to maintain operational capability.

These principles of war are commonly used by the armed forces of Commonwealth countries such as Australia.

[edit] Other uses

Principles of War is also a book published in 1969 for the Japan Self-Defense Forces. It outline the basic military principles and strategies by which the Japanese army was to operate. The book is used for most military exams in Japan. The book backs up all military principles with historical examples.

[edit] External links

* Japanese Principles of War
* The Growing Imperative to Adopt Flexibility as an American Principle of War

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