design principle first used by the US Navy in 1960s ^[The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English, Tom Dalzell, 2009]

allegedly coined by Kelly Johnson, the lead engineer at Lockheed

  • KISS was the instruction given to a team of design engineers that the jet aircraft being designed must be repairable by an average mechanic in the field under combat conditions with access to limited tools