How an Army Strategist Thinks about Football Part II — Medium


Gridiron football strategy shares a lot of concept with military strategy. Today, joint U.S. military doctrine recognizes nine principles of war which include the following: objective (win a battle vs win a game), offense (seize ground vs gain yardage), mass (concentrate your strength at the weak point vs weak point on line of scrimmage), economy of force (allocate minimal force on minimal tasks, efficient matching of personnel on field), maneuver (place best weapons at advantageous location), unity of command (clear rank structure), security (guarding weak points), surprise (strike when opponent is not prepared), simplicity (complex strategy distilled to concise tactics)


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