Field Command

Field Command

by Charles Sid Heal

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Overview

Ever wondered about the difference between a sector of fire and a field of fire?  How about command and control, information and intelligence or drifting standards and creeping missions? Is time on your side? What is key terrain and how do you recognize it? Should a tactical intervention always be considered a last resort?

What would we think of a doctor who had the latest and most sophisticated MRIs, CAT scans and X-rays but without the knowledge to interpret and understand them? Sadly, that is the state of many tacticians in contemporary law enforcement. It is somewhat ironic that in the most technologically advanced period in history the most conspicuous capability gap appears to be a lack of knowledge of tried and true scientific principles that can be dated back thousands of years.

Field Command is a first of its kind in that it introduces and explains more than 250 time-tested, tried and true tactical concepts in an easy to understand format tightly focused on domestic law enforcement applications. Critical concepts like initiative, tempo, speed, friction, fog, and surprise are explained in detail. Commonly confused terms with distinctly different meanings and applications, such as: fields of fire vs. sectors of fire, situational awareness vs. common operational picture, main effort vs. focus of effort, centers of gravity vs. critical vulnerabilities, proximate causes vs. root causes, and many others are both defined and compared for easy understanding.

Field Command is formatted to be used as both a text and a reference. For example, no footnotes are used to facilitate continuity and an easier style of reading and each of the principles is bold-printed and defined when first introduced. Many of the concepts are amplified with endnotes that provide the historical context of how they were discovered or determined. The concepts and principles are taken from tactical texts and military field manuals but are presented in scenarios that commonly confront law enforcement officers. The book includes more than 40 illustrations to elucidate and amplify key concepts and includes both a comprehensive index and “concept glossary” to facilitate reference and research.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590566473
Publisher: Lantern Publishing & Media
Publication date: 12/12/2020
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 511,761
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Charles “Sid” Heal is a retired Commander from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department with nearly 33 years of service in law enforcement, nearly half of which has been spent in units charged with handling law enforcement special and emergency operations. Sid has earned three college degrees and is a graduate of the California Peace Officer’s Standards and Training, Center for Leadership Development, Command College, and the FBI National Academy. He is the author of Sound Doctrine: A Tactical Primer, and An Illustrated Guide to Tactical Diagramming, as well as more than 120 articles on law enforcement issues. He has appeared on numerous television newscasts and documentaries, and been quoted in many periodicals and newspapers. Additionally, he has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences in Canada, Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Israel, Brazil and Argentina, as well as throughout the United States.
 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Foreword Dave Grossman xv

Preface xxi

Section 1 At the Scene 3

Introducing the Problem 7

Nature of Crises 17

EMONs 33

Section 2 Understanding and Developing Strategy 47

Guiding Principles 49

End State 63

Strategy and Tactics 75

Section 3 Command Staff 99

Command 103

Operations 119

Intelligence 133

Logistics 151

Communications 163

Section 4 Planning and Decision Making 177

Planning 179

Plans 197

Crisis Decision Making 211

Section 5 Multi-Dimensional Battlespace 231

Terrain 233

Time 251

Cyberspace 267

Section 6 Action Bookends 285

Before the Action 287

After the Action 305

Appendix Concept Glossary 317

Index 401

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