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Homeland Siege: Tactics for Police and Military

Homeland Siege: Tactics for Police and Military

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

For the first time, America is in serious trouble. There is no way that all of her internal problems could have been self-inflicted. Yet, many still believe that: (1) "al-Qaeda" is her only foe; (2) her intelligence agencies see every threat coming; and (3) her military is the best in the world at all things. This book reassesses the breakdown from a "bottom-up


For the first time, America is in serious trouble. There is no way that all of her internal problems could have been self-inflicted. Yet, many still believe that: (1) "al-Qaeda" is her only foe; (2) her intelligence agencies see every threat coming; and (3) her military is the best in the world at all things. This book reassesses the breakdown from a "bottom-up" perspective, as that's how Islamists, Communists, and criminals like to take over. The tiniest of clues have been collected to arrive at the most likely suspect. Such "qualitative research" is regularly used by U.S. police departments. Even "modus operandi" links to past behavior are allowed in all U.S. courts of law. After detailing the subversion, this book shows how to better combat it at street level. With kidnappings on the rise in Phoenix, it contains the most extensive study of hostage rescue ever attempted. Thus uncovered is a safer way for grunts and SWATs to quickly seize a contested building.

Editorial Reviews

Mil. Officers Assn. of America (MOAA) Professional Reading List entry
John Poole now offers a stark assessment of the threats to America from trans-national terrorist and criminal organizations, especially the vicious narco-gangs of Mexico (and their Asian connections). This is both an intelligence analysis and tactics manual.
Military Officer
[With] chapters on drug route mapping, hostage rescue, and collateral-damage-free defense..., 'Homeland Siege' will make American streets safer to walk and Afghan towns easier to pacify.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine
[This book] provides current enemy intelligence to promote better tactical techniques for United States troops and police officers. But this intelligence doesn't come from some foreign shore; it comes from the borders, highways, and cities of America--and the enemy is international organized crime.
Much of the information and intelligence Poole puts in his manuals are gathered during trips to places like China, North Korea, Pakistan and Latin America. He then draws upon his experiences as a combat commander in Vietnam and an enlisted tactics instructor with the U.S. Marine Corps to construct these volumes with the goal of helping soldiers and police better [to] understand national security issues.
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (GA)
As drugs and illegal immigrants increasingly pour into the U.S. from South America, one author and former Marine asks in his new book, who's behind this infiltration and what can our government and military do to stop it?
Aerospace Daily & Defense Report
In his latest book, 'Homeland Siege,' ... Poole says the military should treat insurgent conflicts ... more like police work.
A master of research, Poole ... thoroughly uncovers ... the possibility that foreign states may be using organized-crime factions as proxies.... He has ... presented the tactics necessary to counter these threats.... His chapter, 'Civilian-Saving Attack on a Building,' utilizes examples to demonstrate the rifle company equivalent to hostage rescue.... Many of the [author's] points also are applicable to Afghanistan. 'Homeland Siege' is a must read.
Savannah Morning News (GA)
[L]essons presented in 'Homeland Siege' will make U.S. streets safer to walk and Afghan villages easier to pacify.

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Posterity Press
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99 illustrations
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5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

What People are Saying About This

Robert V. Kane
China's aim is to destabilize the United States.... [L]aw enforcement alone cannot cope with it. Instead, the military must become involved ... to stop the flow of narcotics into the country.... Commanders at all levels should read this book (Robert V. Kane, publisher emeritus of Presidio Press).
William S. Lind
'Homeland Siege' offers a wealth of good material on small-unit tactics and techniques. This is the hallmark of John Poole's work, which has rightly won him a devoted following among small-unit leaders in the U.S. Army and Marine Corps (William S. Lind, father of 4th-Generation Warfare theory).
Ray L. Smith
Poole ... can also see how a 'bottom-up' adversary thinks.... To succeed where 120,000 Soviets could not [in Afghanistan] will take more insight than was achieved in Vietnam.... [C]ommanders might have better luck this time if they were to pay more attention to the 'bottom-up' perspective, for it is shared by their junior enlisted and enemies alike (Ray L. Smith, former commander of Camp Lejeune).
Kim B. Holien
In the 1960's, Chairman Mao and Che Guervera spoke of the Western Allies as the 'cities' and of the 'Third World' as the countryside. Isolate the cities, and they would eventually fall.... [T]he U.S. [now] ... has a massive internal security problem.... This allows the enemies ... to expand their control over the [global] countryside.... Poole has ... shown ... how to combat the internal chaos (Kim B. Holien, professional military historian).
John H. Admire
'Homeland Siege' is a forthright exploration of multiple ... issues.... [W]ar is rarely ... simple and certain. Conventional wisdom is that most threats are external. Today, however, unconventional enemies often operate from within.... The scope and scale of war are changing, so must our approach to it (John H. Admire, former commander of 1st Marine Division).
Thomas R. Sargent
John Poole has once again hit the general alarm forewarning of what is not only transpiring but what is to come!!!! As usual, he outlines the solutions. Read it and heed it (Thomas R. Sargent, frigate commander at the Battle of Leyte Gulf)
Anthony C. Zinni
John Poole has written another critically important work on a national security threat that is dangerously growing. 'Homeland Siege' is a must read for all those who deal with protection of borders (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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