Principles of War
1. Mass: Concentrate the effects of combat power at the most advantageous place and time to produce decisive results.
2. Offensive: Seize, retain, and exploit the initiative.
3. Objective: Direct every military operation toward a clearly defined decisive, and achievable goal.
4. Surprise: Strike at a time or place or in a manner for which the enemy is unprepared
5. Economy of Force: Expend minimum essential combat power on secondary efforts in order to allocate the maximum possible combat power on primary efforts.
6. Maneuver: Place the enemy in a position of disadvantage through the flexible application of combat power.
7. Unity of Command: Ensure unity of effort under one responsible commander for every objective.
8. Security: Prevent the enemy from acquiring unexpected advantage.
9. Simplicity: Increase the probability that plans and operations will be executed as intended by preparing clear, uncomplicated plans and concise orders.
10. Restraint: Limit collateral damage and prevent the unnecessary use of force.
11. Perseverance: Ensure the commitment necessary to attain the national strategic end state
12. Legitimacy: Maintain legal and moral authority in the conduct of operations.