The Nine Principles of War (MOOSEMUS) 1. MASS – Concentrate Superior power at a decisive time and place. 2. OBJECTIVE – Must have a definable goal (end result). 3. OFFENSIVE – ATTACK! Take the initiative! Strike first! 4. SIMPLICITY – The KISS principle – KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID! Prepare uncomplicated plans and concise orders to ensure thorough understanding and execution. 5. ECONOMY OF FORCE – Use only the resources it takes to win – NO WASTE! 6. MANEUVER – Be prepared to MOVE, keeping your opponent guessing. 7. UNITY OF COMMAND – All must agree to follow one leader. 8. SECRECY – Shhhhhhhhh! Don’t give your opponent the advantage. 9. SURPRISE – Accomplish your mission before your opponent can react, do the unexpected.