Strategic Rifleman: Key to More Moral Warfare

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America's military power has been largely one dimensional in an increasingly multi-dimensional arena. Standoff bombardment has little effect on a widely dispersed and loosely controlled foe. That takes tiny ground elements with enough tactical ability to operate beyond any firepower umbrella. No more than 14 people can totally surprise an enemy unit. That's why other nations use squads as the spearpoints for every attack and strongpoints of every defense. Through an over-emphasis on firepower, U.S. forces have never developed this capability. Better squads require more skilled members. Such members can often make a strategic difference on their own and require less force after surprising defenders. This book uses 173 illustrations to show how to become/produce a “strategic” rifleman. It's for survival-oriented recruits and anyone wanting to know how the Pentagon could project more overseas power with less funding.

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Through an inverted military career, John Poole has discovered a few things that more promotable people miss. After spending 2 of his first 4 years as a combat commander, he did his last 7 as an enlisted tactics instructor. That allowed him to see why U.S. troops have always had so much trouble with counterinsurgency, and short-range combat in general. Their tactical techniques are quite simply outmoded--so unlikely to surprise a woods-wise defender as to be "premachinegun" in format. This little oversight on the part of their commanders and how to correct it forms much of 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 and written 13 other tactics/intell. supplements. He has also conducted multiday training sessions for 41 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 enemy's intentions. Just since 2000, Poole has gone to Russia, Mainland China (twice), North Korea, North Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India (3 times), Pakistan (twice), Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Sudan, Tanzania, and Venezuela. Over the course of his lifetime, he has further traversed most of the world. 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 for several months in Springfield, he worked out of the IBI's Chicago office on general criminal and drug cases.

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"Whoever occupies contested ground ends up winning the war, not the one flying remotely overhead,” says . . . [the author[ of "Strategic Rifleman." It’s unrealistic, . . . to think that the U.S. can win any part of another world war by repeating its strategy in Serbia or Libya. "It must instead have a ground presence in every contested region. Yet that presence need not be a massive expeditionary force, only tiny increments of indigenous force multipliers."
— Aviation Week, 24 March 2015

"Standoff bombardment has little effect on a loosely controlled foe. That takes tiny ground elements skilled enough to operate beyond any firepower umbrella."
-- "Military Officer Magazine," January 2015

"Innovative Product: [In] Strategic Rifleman, ... Poole advocates a lighter, more agile, initiative-driven force that is capable of handling the adversaries our current force has had such challenges with."
-- "The Counter Terrorist," August/September 2014

“Small semi-autonomous units ... appear to be the only way to counter our most recent enemies. This book shows how to produce riflemen and commandos skilled enough to survive beyond any firepower umbrella.”
— National Museum of the Marine Corps, October 2014

"There is a gap between the ... [skill of our special-operations units] and the high-tech capabilities we are developing. That gap has grown larger as we refuse to invest in our ground forces and make them more capable to meet the demands of today’s battlefield. John Poole offers a unique and creative solution to fill that gap in 'Strategic Rifleman' (former Head of CENTCOM)."
-- Gen. Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Ret.), May 2014

"Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Michael Mullen [said] ... debt was America’s greatest vulnerability.... [Our] government will have to drastically reduce spending or face creditors unwilling to continue lending. America’s defense apparatus ... [needs] a more cost-effective model.... Read 'Strategic Rifleman' and see how austerity could actually be used to improve the U.S. military’s capabilities (editor of 'The Counter Terrorist' and founding member of USMC Anti-Terrorism Battalion)."
-- Chris Graham, May 2014

"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 (former Head of 1st Marine Division)."
-- Maj.Gen. John H. Admire USMC (Ret.), May 2014

"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 (U.S. Army civilian historian for 35 years)."
-- Kim Holien , May 2014

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