Global Warrior: Averting WWIIIby H. John Poole, Anthony C. Zinni, Stefan Verstappen
Most GIs believe their service branches to have been continually adding lessons learned to the schools and manuals. They haven't. Big bureaucracies run on established procedure. That's why "U.S. combat as usual" still isn't working. What the Pentagon needs in Afghanistan, Africa, and elsewhere are some truly light infantrymen (in the Asian tradition). Even its
Most GIs believe their service branches to have been continually adding lessons learned to the schools and manuals. They haven't. Big bureaucracies run on established procedure. That's why "U.S. combat as usual" still isn't working. What the Pentagon needs in Afghanistan, Africa, and elsewhere are some truly light infantrymen (in the Asian tradition). Even its special operators lack the assault, defense, and escape/evasion skills to make them good force multipliers. With the defense budget being cut and a low-intensity global conflict already in progress, all that must change. Contrary to the arms manufacturers' claims, light infantry can hold its own in conventional battle with acceptable losses. It can also be combined with camera/computer-triggered antitank rockets and other technological marvels. Herein are ways for the U.S. squad to reestablish surprise during a partially compromised assault, new skill sets for its members, and the most detailed study of Pakistan's internal strife in existence. Without more light-infantry expertise, the Pentagon has no chance of stopping Communist and Islamist expansion.
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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 in Vietnam, he did his last seven as an enlisted tactics instructor. That allowed him to see why U.S. troops continue to have so much trouble with Eastern adversaries. Their own tactical techniques are simply outmoded so unlikely to surprise anyone as to be premachinegun in design. How to correct this little oversight on the part of their "superiors" forms the framework of Poole's work.
Since retirement from the Marine Corps in 1993, John Poole has written eleven tactics/intelligence supplements for a U.S. military audience. As of September 2010, he had also conducted multiday training sessions (on 4GW squad tactics) at 40 (mostly Marine) battalions, nine Marine schools, and seven special-operations units from all four U.S. service branches. Since 2000, he has done research in Mainland China (twice), North Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, India (twice), Pakistan (twice), Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Sudan, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Sri Lanka. Over the course of his lifetime, he has visited scores of other nations on all five continents. He tried to visit Lahore in the late Spring of 2011, but his visa request was not honored by the Pakistani government.
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