Moscow Rules

An abbreviated (declassified) list of the CIA “Moscow Rules”

• Assume nothing.
• Murphy is right.
• Never go against your gut; it is your operational antenna.
• Don’t look back – you are never completely alone.
• Any operation can be aborted. If it feels wrong, it is wrong.
• Maintain a natural pace.
• Lull them into a sense of complacency.
• Build in opportunity, but use it sparingly.
• Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
• Don’t harass the opposition.
• There is no limit to a human being’s ability to rationalize the truth.
• Technology will always let you down.
• Once is an accident. Twice is coincidence. Three times is an enemy action.