Mo-Si-B alloys are attractive due to their high temperature mechanical properties and high melting temperature. The oxidation of multiphase alloys develops in two distinct stages. First, there is a transient stage that corresponds to the evaporation of the volatile MoO3 and to an initial high recession rate. The steady state stage of the oxidation begins when the slower forming borosilicate layer becomes continuous and inhibits further rapid oxidation. Then, the oxidation rate is limited by oxygen diffusion through the borosilicate layer. In order to inhibit the transient stage, a coating strategy has been developed to capitalize on the interdiffusion reactions and to employ a kinetic bias to modify interface reaction products in order to maximize the high temperature stability and performance. In order to achieve a compatible interface coating together with enhanced oxidation resistance, a pack cementation process has been adopted to synthesize metal-rich silicide and borosilicide surface layers. The analysis of the enhanced oxidation performance indicates that a strategy based upon the operating principles of interface reactions in multicomponent systems is effective for developing stable and robust coating systems.