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Expeditionary Eagles: Outmaneuvering the Taliban
     

Expeditionary Eagles: Outmaneuvering the Taliban

by H. John Poole, Ray L. Smith (Foreword by), Michael Leahy (Illustrator)
 

Expeditionary Eagles: Outmaneuvering the Taliban is an exciting read about developments as recent as June 2010 in Afghanistan and Pakistan. A longtime student of the Eastern mindset and small-unit tactics, its author has the perfect background for some helpful advice on how now quickly to win the war. That advice takes the form of an intelligence and

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Expeditionary Eagles: Outmaneuvering the Taliban is an exciting read about developments as recent as June 2010 in Afghanistan and Pakistan. A longtime student of the Eastern mindset and small-unit tactics, its author has the perfect background for some helpful advice on how now quickly to win the war. That advice takes the form of an intelligence and tactical-technique supplement. U.S. planners have yet to realize the power of the Taliban's grassroots approach. To do anything about it, they will have to widely disperse their forces to joint outposts in all towns/neighborhoods along major highways. That's because those highways have been the principal conduits of Taliban wherewithal in and fund-raising drugs out.

Gen. Anthony C. Zinni (USMC Ret.), former head of CENTCOM: "John Poole has produced another superb work that offers insightful and well-researched guidance on . . . confronting the Taliban. Expeditionary Eagles: Outmaneuvering the Taliban should be required reading for our military and policy makers."

Editorial Reviews

Leatherneck
'Expeditionary Eagles' is an exciting book, posing new and fruitful ideas about countering the Taliban, and including events as current as June 2010. A longtime student of the Eastern mindset and small-unit tactics, the author has an exceptional background ... for the helpful advice on how to quickly win in Afghanistan.
Aviation Week
'In deference to all good things at Quantico and TRADOC (U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command), doctrine may partially [be] to blame for U.S. squads not keeping pace with tactical innovation worldwide,' Poole writes in his most recent book, 'Expeditionary Eagles: Outmaneuvering the Taliban'.
Military Officer
[E]xciting read about [current] events.... A longtime student of the Eastern mindset and small-unit tactics, its author has the perfect background for some helpful advice on how quickly to win in Afghanistan.
August 2014 - Military Magazine
"[A] wealth of background information ... [on] the cast of characters [in Afghanistan] to include tribes, villages, Pakistan, India, China, and Taliban. This book provides ... insight into Taliban tactics and ... [their] nuances.... Unlike many other commentaries, Poole does a nice job [of] documenting the impact of the heroin industry.... [He] proposes alternative small unit tactics [for U.S. troops].... 'Expeditionary Eagles' is [still] a good way for someone to get up to speed on Afghanistan in a quick and comprehensive way."
The Counter Terrorist
If favorable circumstances are to be miraculously created in Afghanistan prior to President Barack Obama's promised July 2011 withdrawal date, soldiers, Marines, and their leaders will have to mine every gem of insight possible from 'Expeditionary Eagles: Outmaneuvering the Taliban'.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981865928
Publisher:
Posterity Press
Publication date:
07/15/2010
Edition description:
74 illustrations
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are Saying About This

Robert V. Kane
An extraordinary addition to the literature of the Afghan War . . . [with] concrete measures for winning the struggle. Conventional methods will not suffice. . . . We must interdict the heroin . . . then defeat the Taliban village by village with [resident] combat action platoons instead of overwhelming firepower. . . . [A]nother must read for generals and privates. (Col. Robert V. Kane U.S. Army (Ret.), publisher emeritus, Presidio Press)
William S. Lind
Expeditionary Eagles offers an interesting strategic analysis of the war in Afghanistan plus, as always in John Poole's books, innovative small-unit tactics and techniques. (William S. Lind, father of 4th-Generation Warfare)
Kim B. Holien
America . . . suffered a serious setback in Vietnam. . . . [It] is headed down that same road due to an arrogant belief in technology. John Poole's latest book is a warning sign along that road. Heed it and go on to victory [in Afghanistan], disregard it and return to Saigon in 1975. (Kim B. Holien, professional military historian)
Ray L. Smith
This document offers the best blueprint for final victory that I have seen. . . . The author knows that some bitter fighting may occur at isolated locations. As such, he has provided some very lethal defensive techniques. . . . As with all of Poole's previous intelligence and tactics supplements, Expeditionary Eagles should be required reading at every level throughout the U.S. security establishment. (M.Gen. Ray L. Smith USMC (Ret.), former commander of Camp Lejeune)
John H. Admire
Poole insightfully concludes that Afghanistan's irregular warfare and insurgency characteristics defy conventional solution. . . . [He] asserts that a people-centric/bottom-up approach is essential. . . . He believes that what we do . . . to help . . . [the residents of every Afghan village and neighborhood] help themselves is critical. (M.Gen. John H. Admire USMC (Ret.), former commander of 1st Marine Div.)
A.C. Zinni
John Poole has produced another superb work that offers insightful and well-researched guidance on ... confronting the Taliban. 'Expeditionary Eagles: Outmaneuvering the Taliban' should be required reading for our military and policy makers (A.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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