Dragon Days: Time for

Dragon Days: Time for "Unconventional" Tactics

by H. John Poole, Mike Leahy, Ray L. Smith

DoD's focus has now shifted from Europe to Asia and SW Pacific. This book describes the extent of Islamist and Communist expansion there and how to reverse it. As both takeover tries involve drugs and are otherwise similar, only one solution is needed. Instead of occupying nations or training armies, the Pentagon must blanket the area with tiny


DoD's focus has now shifted from Europe to Asia and SW Pacific. This book describes the extent of Islamist and Communist expansion there and how to reverse it. As both takeover tries involve drugs and are otherwise similar, only one solution is needed. Instead of occupying nations or training armies, the Pentagon must blanket the area with tiny law-enforcement-assistance teams. This takes more police and Unconventional Warfare (UW) ability than any U.S. grunt or special operator currently has. Part One details the subversion. Part Two shows what teams must know about criminal investigative procedure. Part Three has the UW techniques to escape encirclement. As such, this book may be America's only UW tactical-technique manual.

Editorial Reviews

Quantico Sentry
Poole ... offers two studies in 'Dragon Days': how a rising superpower may be hiding its Maoist expansion behind Islamic insurgency, and what America's armed forces must do to curtail either.
Military Officer
Part One of Dragon Days shows how China has been hiding Maoist expansion behind Islamic insurgency. DoD must deploy foreign-aid workers in the law enforcement sector to help indigenous police and soldiers reestablish local security. Part Two contains their criminal investigative procedures, while Part Three has their unconventional warfare techniques.�
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (GA)
[P]erfect ... for the counterinsurgent.... [An entire] collection of ... [the author's] supplements to official manuals would be helpful to most deployed soldiers.
Aerospace Daily and Defense Report
'Dragon Days: Time for Unconventional Tactics,' ... details the need for such units [squads with enough tactical skill to survive alone] in the current 4th-Generation Warfare being waged by terrorists to the benefit ... of China.
(Naval) Proceedings Magazine
Marines, Soldiers, and other personnel who directly face 4GW threats will benefit from reading 'Dragon Days.' The author has researched and developed an impressive book on unconventional warfare tactics and techniques that should not be ignored.
Mil. Officers Assn. of America (MOAA) Magazine
This book is packed with background on China's increasing involvement with Muslim insurgencies and terrorist activities in Asia, the Pacific, and Middle East. He [the author] also convincingly argues that American forces must fight like guerrillas to defeat guerrillas, and includes detailed chapters on ... [stalking] attack, rural and urban escape and evasion, and how best to [enhance] ... terrain.
Fort Knox Turret
'Dragon Days' explains how to successfully counter terrorist groups.... Fighting terrorists ..., Poole points out, is more like police work than a military operation. I highly recommend this book.
Poole, who is an undisputed expert in both 4th-Generation Warfare and the Asian culture ... teaches [the] tactics and techniques ... [of] unconventional warfare.... If you are a leader, at any level, you need to read this book and utilize it to train your warriors for the ongoing global war on terrorism.

Product Details

Posterity Press (NC)
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162 illustrations
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5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

What People are saying about this

Robert V. Kane
Poole brings us ... [our real foe's] identity: need true light infantry trained in ... unconventional warfare.... This is .. a great departure from ... reliance on ... firepower, already proving ineffective in both Iraq and Afghanistan. 'Dragon Days' should be studied by our military professionals and its lessons incorporated into infantry training (Robert V. Kane, publisher emeritus of Presidio Press).
William S. Lind
John Poole's writing on small-unit techniques is far advanced over what the U.S. armed forces offer in their manuals and teach in their schools (William S. Lind, father of 4th-Generation Warfare theory).
Ray L. Smith
I ... recommend this book highly to all U.S. infantrymen and special operators. The tactical techniques of UW [unconventional warfare] are new to the literature and not covered by any government manual. They should serve as a welcome supplement to the mostly conventional skills that those, who must ultimately win the War on Terror, already have (Ray L. Smith, former commander of Camp Lejeune).
Kim B. Holien
Sherlock Holmes [said] ... to solve a crime look to see who profits by it. When 9/11 happened, few Americans ... knew that the ... [veiled] proposal to use jet passenger liners to attack high rise buildings ... had been [already] written by two Chinese Army colonels.... [This is Poole's] continuing research ... on the threat posed to Western Civilization by Islamic terrorists (Kim B. Holien, professional military historian).
John H. Admire
War is about diplomacy and violence as well as deceit and manipulation. In 'Dragon Days,' Poole provides [a] thought-provoking analysis of the political, ideological, economic, and information domains of war today. He also postulates as to which nations are practicing what strategies in their quest for recognition and dominance (John H. Admire, former commander of 1st Marine Division).
Thomas R. Sargent
Probably the most important book [so far].... Part One is a most valuable historical review of the growth and spread of PRC and Muslim terrorism. To read it is to reveal what may transpire in our very uncertain future.... [The] research is not only thorough but magnificent in detail.... [An] outstanding piece of work (Thomas R. Sargent, frigate commander at the Battle of Leyte Gulf)
A.C. Zinni
John Poole has written another brilliant manual that superbly captures the tactics and techniques necessary to ... succeed on the complicated battlefields ... [of] today. His expertise in unconventional warfare makes [this book] ... a valuable addition to the considerable collection of insightful works he has [already] produced on this complex challenge (Anthony C. Zinni, former head of CENTCOM).

Meet the Author

Through an inverted military career, H. John Poole has discovered a few things that more promotable people miss. After spending his first two years as a combat commander, he did his last seven as an enlisted tactics instructor. That allowed him to see why U.S. troops have always had so much trouble outmaneuvering their immediate adversaries. Their tactical techniques (like football plays) are quite simply outmoded. These U.S. small-unit maneuvers are so unlikely to surprise anyone as to be "premachinegun" in format. This oversight on the part of their commanders and how to compensate for it forms the framework of Poole's work.

Since retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1993, Poole has has traveled extensively in both Communist and Islamist worlds. He has also written 10 other tactics/intelligence supplements and conducted multiday training sessions for 40 U.S. battalions, 9 schools, and 7 special operations units. As most U.S. intelligence personnel know too little about the Eastern thought process and evolution of squad tactics, these supplements provide currently deployed GIs with a rare glimpse into their enemies' intentions. Since 2000, Poole has done research in Russia, Mainland China (twice), North Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India (three times), Pakistan (three times), Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Sudan, Tanzania, and Venezuela. Over the course of his lifetime, he has further traveled throughout Asia, Europe, and most of the Western Hemisphere. He has lived (or been stationed) in Mexico, Panama, Vietnam, and Japan. Between early tours in the Marine Corps (from 1969 to 1971), Poole worked as a criminal investigator for the Illinois Bureau of Investigation (IBI). After attending the State Police Academy, he worked out of the IBI's Chicago office.

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