There are two types of riflemen in this world: (1) “heavy” as in America, who mostly know how to use their weapons and follow orders; and (2) “light” as in most U.S. adversaries, who are adept at maneuver and allowed to use more initiative. In any one-on-one encounter, light often “trumps” heavy. That’s why this book has been written --to give the average U.S. enlistee some way to broaden his own infantry knowledge. No U.S. commander would object to the extra learning for it gives him a more durable and “scout-qualified” frontline infantryman. This book is fun to read and uses 173 illustrations to show how to become (or produce) a rifleman good in both fields.
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Part One: The Supernatural Legacy of Armed Conflict
Chapter 1: Evil Has Long Influenced War
Chapter 2: Mystical Tricks of a More Worldly Origin
Part Two: Modern Wars Spill Over into Spiritual Arena
Chapter 3: Overwhelming Force No Longer the Answer
Chapter 4: Enhancement of Local Security More Vital
Part Three: America Needs Self-Regulating Squads
Chapter 5: The Pentagon's New Worldwide Strategy
Chapter 6: How Best to Train Local Security Forces
Chapter 7: Light Infantrymen Need No Technology
Chapter 8: Taking Strongpoints without Bombardment
Chapter 9: Monitoring a Large Area with Few U.S. Forces
Chaptr 10: New Doctrine Calls for More Squad Autonomy
Part Four: Such Squads Take Raider-Like Training
Chapter 11: Riflemen Need More Than Rules of Engagement
Chapter 12: Creating a More Proactive Fighter
Chapter 13: What Such Riflemen Add to Unit Power
Part Five: Properly Preparing the New Squad Member
Chapter 14: All-Hands Accounty for More Moral Units
Chaper 15: Reestablishing Individual Initiative
Chapter 16: Personal-Decision-Making Practice
Chapter 17: Troops Must Help to Design Own Moves
Afterword: No Minor Oversight
Appendix: Korean War Sighting
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"Organization, configuration, and commitment of a nation's armed forces are ... important.... Exceedingly more important is the tactical prowess and strategic potency of the individual combatant, the lone rifleman in the mud and blood of battle.... [This] concept is nothing new, but ... Poole presents its importance with unique insight.... The skill and will of individual combatants are the ... cornerstones upon which a nation's interests and security depend. Strategic Rifleman describes why and how to create [such] forces for the future."
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"Since World War II, the United States has fought five major wars resulting in a stalemate in Korea, a defeat in Vietnam,... a prolonged stalemate in the second Iraq war, and a thirteen-year stalemate/potential defeat in Afghanistan. Surely U.S. doctrine, since 1951, combined with its idolatry belief in technology is NOT the answer. John Poole, in this, his latest volume on the wars of the 21st century, has given the American military the opportunity to seize victory from the jaws of outdated doctrine and a future prolonged stalemate.