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Global Warrior: Averting WWIII

Global Warrior: Averting WWIII

by H. John Poole, Anthony C. Zinni (Foreword by), Stefan Verstappen (Illustrator)

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.

Editorial Reviews

The Counter Terrorist
[H]e [the author] has a more comprehensive understanding of the threats and adversaries that the 'free world' faces than many others do. . . . One need not share [all of] Poole's conclusions to benefit greatly from his superior insight into the nature of modern conflict. I have no doubt that you will find as many nuggets of wisdom in Global Warrior as I have.
Aerospace Daily
After watching the Soviet Union go bankrupt, the PRC [People's Republic of China] has no intention of playing by Western rules,' Poole writes in his latest book, 'Global Warrior: Averting WWIII.
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (GA)
American soldiers could find themselves at a disadvantage in the next global war unless they develop better ... light infantry tactics.... [A] new book titled Global Warrior: Averting WWIII ... points to possible threats from Islamist, Communist and criminals elements.... America may have the best equipment and finances ... but [that] won't add up to victory.
Global Warrior has several chapters devoted to advanced infantryman and police[man]-type tactics. . . . It is time to shift control of this vital asset from our higher military headquarters to the small-unit leader.
Military Officers Magazine
With more worries at home, many Americans want to end all U.S. military involvement overseas. Global Warrior: Averting WWIII, proves even more involvement is necessary, but of a different kind.

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Robert V. Kane
Global Warrior is for winning the next global war. Poole portrays the foes as: Islamists, Communists, and criminals. Our troops are ill-equipped to fight these foes, because of our 'from the top' oriented structure, strategy, and tactics. Our enemies are not thus constrained, and practicing operations from the 'bottom up.' We need a virtual revolution in our approach, moving to small highly trained units scattered around the world and abandoning the firepower and heavy operations not suited to modern warfare. I recommend this brilliant book to leaders at all levels (Col. Robert V. Kane U.S. Army (Ret.), publisher emeritus, Presidio Press).
William S. Lind
Global Warrior first attempts ... a broad strategic context .... [It] moves on to discuss what John Poole knows better than almost anyone else, the techniques of light infantry (William S. Lind, father of 4th-Generation Warfare theory).
Kim Holien
The squad is the basic building block of the infantry, and infantry is the basic building block of the Army. In asymmetrical warfare, the squad is the military formation that comes most in contact with the people and the enemy. It is therefore one of the key[s] ... to victory. As the great coach Vice Lombardi stated some fifty years ago: 'If you can't block or tackle, then all the rest is meaningless.' The squad is the tip of the spear in asymmetrical warfare. (Kim Holien, professional military historian)
John H. Admire
Poole's Global Warrior is an insightful and innovative and unconventional approach to averting another global conflict. Today, [our] conventional thoughts and tactics are ineffective in engaging the unconventional character of modern combat. Poole cautions that actions to mitigate or defeat the cause of war are complicated by multiple political, economic, social, human, and institutional factors. Poole is a staunch advocate for small unit empowerment and leadership in combating the diverse dynamics of war (Maj.Gen. John H. Admire, USMC (Ret.), former commander of 1st Marine Division).
Chris Graham
Poole's books are known by warfighters for raising questions that officials dare not discuss in public. For any in the defense industry and institutions to admit imperfection has become as taboo as noting that the emperor has no clothes. Global Warrior is a must read for any who wish to improve the capabilities of our defense and security organizations and understand the techniques of our adversaries in a way that few Americans do (Chris Graham, editor of 'The Counter Terrorist' and founding member of USMC Anti-Terrorism Battalion).
Anthony C. Zinni
We have too few innovative and creative thinkers taking on the complex threats we face. John Poole is clearly one of the few (Gen. Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Ret.), 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 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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