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Principles of War Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

Principles & Tactics of Warfare

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.

9 Principles Of War

As defined in the Army Field Manual 22-100, Military Leader­ship, and applied to Business and Inform­ation Security. 9 Principles of War

Principle 1 Objective: Direct every operation towards a clearly defined, decisive, and attainable objective.
Principle 2 Offensive: Seize, retain, and exploit the initia­tive.
Principle 3 Economy of force: Allocate minimum essential combat power to secondary efforts.
Principle 4 MASS: Concen­trate combat power at the decisive place and time.
Principle 5 Surprise: Strike the enemy at a time, at a place, or in a manner for which he is unprep­ared.
Principle 6 Maneuver: Place the enemy in a position of disadv­antage through the flexible applic­ation of combat power.
Principle 7 Unity of command: For every objective, ensure unity of effort under one respon­sible commander.
Principle 8 Security: Never permit the enemy to acquire an unexpected advantage.
Principle 9 Simpli­city: Prepare clear, uncomp­licated plans and concise orders to ensure thorough unders­tan­ding.

“War is the contin­uation of policy (politics) by other means.” “If you entrench yourself behind strong fortif­ica­tions, you compel the enemy to seek a solution elsewh­ere."

"­Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity. If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstac­les.” - Karl von Clausewitz

Principles of War Propaganda

In 2001 (before 9/11), Belgian historian Anne Morelli (fr) published a book analyzing the basic principles of war propag­anda. She credits the work of Lord Ponsonby, an amazing and unfort­unately somewhat forgotten character. He stood, largely alone, in the Commons opposing WWI before it started, predicting not just the massacre it was going to be, but more intere­stingly for our purpose, how it was going to be sold to the masses.

Morelli enumerates it as the following princi­ples:

1. We don't want war, we are only defending ourselves
2. The other guy is the sole respon­sible for this war
3. Our advers­ary's leader is evil and looks evil
4. We are defending a noble purpose, not special interest
5. The enemy is purpos­efully causing atroci­ties; we only commit mistakes
6. The enemy is using unlawful weapons
7. We have very little losses, the enemy is losing big
8. Intell­ectuals and artists support our cause
9. Our cause is sacred
10. Those who doubt our propaganda are traitors.

9 Principles of War


In warfare, a number of driving principles can be derived which indicate basic ideas by which war is prosec­uted.

Principles of Warfare

Confusion: Make it so they do not know which way to turn.
Demora­liz­ation: Make it so they do not want to fight.
Disabling: Removing enemy capabi­lity.
Discip­line: Train your troops.
Division: Divide and conquer.
Distra­ction: Make them look the other way.
Erosion: Wear them down.
Fear: Make it so they are afraid to fight you.
Genero­sity: Be kind to them so they are kind in return.
Intell­igence: The side that knows most wins.
Overwhelm: Show and use far greater force.
Provoc­ation: Make them angry so they act impetu­ously.
Sacrifice: Pay a high price for a high return.
Seamle­ssness: Present no chink in your armor.
Speed: Be quicker than them. Be able to react fast.