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Small Unit Leadership

This is not a book of intellectual theorization, but of specific techniques for leading soldiers on and off the battlefield.”—U.S.N.I. Proceedings “The author condenses volumes of psychological studies into a readable and exciting ...

Author : Dandridge M. Malone

Release : 2009-05-27

Publisher : Presidio Press

ISBN : 0307546713

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What does it take to get the job done? How do you get the men in your unit to do what you say? To follow you into battle and shoot to kill? How you build the confidence that spurs men on to do their job, to stand by their leader and each other? Praise for Small Unit Leadership “Identifies in very specific terms what company grade officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) must do to ensure winning in land battle.”—Marine Corps Gazette “Colonel Malone tackles the elusive topic of leadership with a real-world, pragmatic approach. This is not a book of intellectual theorization, but of specific techniques for leading soldiers on and off the battlefield.”—U.S.N.I. Proceedings “The author condenses volumes of psychological studies into a readable and exciting book on practical military leadership.”—ARMOR “Colonel Malone not only provides handy guides on what should be done and how it should be done . . . he also aids the reader in how to know that desired results are being achieved.”—Leatherneck

Small Unit Leaders Operational Planning Guide

This guide is a compilation of decades of Special Forces knowledge and experience from the two Special Forces authors.

Author : Jeff Kirkham

Release : 2015-05-07

Publisher : Erik Lawrence Publications

ISBN : 1941998526

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This guide is a compilation of decades of Special Forces knowledge and experience from the two Special Forces authors. Perfect size handbook for the cargo pocket to help small unit leaders properly plan operations in limited time and under stress. This guide will be timeless with the troops who understand having a pocket size planning guide.

The Ballard Rules

The accumulated knowledge in this valuable book will greatly benefit not only individuals in positions of responsibility, but also those companies or organizations that have multiple levels of leadership.

Author : Greg Ballard

Release : 2005-04-25

Publisher : Author House

ISBN : 1463475578

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Drawing on his experiences in the U. S. Marines, in the corporate world, as a coach, and as a small business owner, Greg Ballard now publishes his concise, yet definitive guide for new, junior, and middle level leaders. In addition to the realities, traits, and principles explained in the book, he also details the two overarching responsibilities of leadership and gives the three indicators of effective leadership. He also explains the relationship between responsibility, accountability, and authority. Additionally included are fourteen “Other Thoughts” which are of great value. The accumulated knowledge in this valuable book will greatly benefit not only individuals in positions of responsibility, but also those companies or organizations that have multiple levels of leadership.

The Decisiveness Of Israeli Small-Unit Leadership On The Golan Heights In The 1973 Yom Kippur War

Israeli small-unit leaders were able to make decisions that changed the course of
the battle for the Golan Heights because their education ensured that they were
tactically proficient. General George S. Patton Jr. said it best when he said, ...

Author : Major Oakland McCulloch

Release : 2015-11-06

Publisher : Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN : 178625137X

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This study is an analysis of the decisiveness of Israeli small-unit leadership on the Golan Heights during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. What allowed the Israeli brigades on the Golan Heights to defeat an Arab coalition that launched a surprise attack with a force that vastly outnumbered the Israelis in men, tanks and artillery? The one advantage the Israelis had was the quality of leadership at the small-unit level. This study begins with a brief review of the strategic and operational situation in the Middle East in 1973. This includes background information on the Israeli and Arab forces facing each other on the Golan Heights and their plans for the defense and attack respectfully prior to the start of hostilities. The majority of the thesis discussion is concerned with the actual battle on the Golan Heights. It highlights the contributions that small-unit leadership made during the battle that allowed the vastly outnumbered IDF to destroy a massive Soviet-style Arab army. This portion of the study also looks at the experiences of those Israeli leaders involved in the fighting. The study then looks at leadership from the Israeli perspective. I define what leadership is and why it is important at the small-unit level. I take a close look at how the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) picks and trains its leaders and what role the Israeli Military Culture plays in that process. The conclusion of the thesis is that the IDF was able to fight and win even though surprised and vastly outnumbered due to the quality of leadership at the small-unit level. This lesson may prove to be important still today as the armies of the Western societies continue to get smaller even though they still face the threat of fighting the massive Soviet-style armies of the “Axis of Evil” for decades to come.

Improving the Decision Making Abilities of Small Unit Leaders

National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences,
Naval Studies Board, Committee on Improving the Decision Making Abilities of
Small Unit Leaders. capabilities at the small-unit level.”45 Underlying the
distributed ...

Author : National Research Council

Release : 2012-08-06

Publisher : National Academies Press

ISBN : 0309216052

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For the past decade, the U.S. Marine Corps and its sister services have been engaged in what has been termed "hybrid warfare," which ranges from active combat to civilian support. Hybrid warfare typically occurs in environments where all modes of war are employed, such as conventional weapons, irregular tactics, terrorism, disruptive technologies, and criminality to destabilize an existing order. In August 2010, the National Research Council established the Committee on Improving the Decision Making Abilities of Small Unit Leaders to produce Improving the Decision Making Abilities of Small Unit Leaders. This report examines the operational environment, existing abilities, and gap to include data, technology, skill sets, training, and measures of effectiveness for small unit leaders in conducting enhanced company operations (ECOs) in hybrid engagement, complex environments. Improving the Decision Making Abilities of Small Unit Leaders also determines how to understand the decision making calculus and indicators of adversaries. Improving the Decision Making Abilities of Small Unit Leaders recommends operational and technical approaches for improving the decision making abilities of small unit leaders, including any acquisition and experimentation efforts that can be undertaken by the Marine Corps and/or by other stakeholders aimed specifically at improving the decision making of small unit leaders. This report recommends ways to ease the burden on small unit leaders and to better prepare the small unit leader for success. Improving the Decision Making Abilities of Small Unit Leaders also indentifies a responsible organization to ensure that training and education programs are properly developed, staffed, operated, evaluated, and expanded.

Platoon Leader

' "Using a lean style and a sense of pacing drawn from the tautest of novels, McDonough has produced a gripping account of his first command, a U.S. platoon taking part in the 'strategic hamlet' program. . .

Author : James R. McDonough

Release : 2007-12-18

Publisher : Presidio Press

ISBN : 9780307416384

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A remarkable memoir of small-unit leadership and the coming of age of a young soldier in combat in Vietnam.' "Using a lean style and a sense of pacing drawn from the tautest of novels, McDonough has produced a gripping account of his first command, a U.S. platoon taking part in the 'strategic hamlet' program. . . . Rather than present a potpourri of combat yarns. . . McDonough has focused a seasoned storyteller’s eye on the details, people, and incidents that best communicate a visceral feel of command under fire. . . . For the author’s honesty and literary craftsmanship, Platoon Leader seems destined to be read for a long time by second lieutenants trying to prepare for the future, veterans trying to remember the past, and civilians trying to understand what the profession of arms is all about.”–Army Times From the Paperback edition.

Armor Attacks

Test your knowledge of armor tactics and judgment by negotiating this interactive story. Make the wrong choice and suffer defeat or death, make the right choice and savor victory!

Author : John F. Antal

Release : 2020-08-31

Publisher : Casemate

ISBN : 9781612009148

File Size : 84.69 MB

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You are the hero of this unique interactive fiction! More specifically, you are the leader of a U.S. Army M1 Abrams tank platoon. Throughout the work, you will have an opportunity to make life-or-death decisions, and the story will develop according to the choices you make. As you progress through the book, you will learn important tactical and operational lessons. Whether you are a tank platoon leader, an expect to be, or an armchair military enthusiast, you will find this book highly entertaining and instructive.There are two operations for you to conduct, an assault and a counter-reconnaissance mission. In each you must bring your knowledge and judgment to bear on the scenario in order to achieve the objective. If you choose wrong, defeat and even death may be your fate. If you succeed, you savor the taste of victory and live to fight another day. The scenarios are highly realistic, and there are maps and appendices with detailed specifications of the hardware involved to help you make informed decisions.Short of signing up for advanced training, this book is the best way to sharpen your war-fighting capabilities in a hurry.

The Three Meter Zone

The practical performance-oriented ideas on leaderships presented in this book will be of value to anyone who is a front-line supervisor.

Author : James D. Pendry

Release : 1999

Publisher :


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The practical performance-oriented ideas on leaderships presented in this book will be of value to anyone who is a front-line supervisor.

Cohesion, the human element in combat : leadership and societal influence in the armies of the Soviet Union, the United States, North Vietnam, and Israel

To the limited degree that today's US soldier thinks about it, he probably sees his
immediate leadership as professionally competent to lead his unit successfully in
combat. Small-unit leaders, especially junior officers, are exposed to the finest ...

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Publisher : DIANE Publishing

ISBN : 9781428982086

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Infantry Combat

"In this interactive work, you are U.S. Army second lieutenant Steve Davis.

Author : John F. Antal

Release : 1995

Publisher : Presidio Press

ISBN : 9780891415367

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In this unique, interactive work, you are platoon leader Steve Davis, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Your unit has been airlifted into the Middle East, and now you must defend Wadi Al Sirree against the might of an advancing enemy force. The scenario is realistic and supported by maps, photos and appendices with detailed specifications of hardware and units involved.

The U.S. Army Leadership Field Manual

1-68. Loyalty to superiors and subordinates does more than ensure smooth-
running peacetime organizations. It prepares units for combat by building
soldiers' trust in leaders and leadSmall Unit Leaders' Initiative in Normandy The
amphibious ...

Author : Leadership The Center For Army

Release : 2004-03-21

Publisher : McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN : 0071458425

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How the world's most dynamic organization prepares its leaders for battle, with valuable insights for today's business arena For mor than 50 years, The U.S. Army Leadership Field Manual has provided leadership training for every officer training program in the U.S. Army. This trade edition brings the manual's value-based leadership principles and practices to today's business world. The result is a compelling examination of how to be an effective leader when the survival of your team literally hangs on your decisions. More than 60 gripping vignettes and stories illustrate historical and contemporary examples of army leaders who made a difference. The U.S. Army Leadership Field Manual also provides: A leadership approach based on the army's core principles of "Be, Know, Do" Hands-on lessons to enhance training, mentoring, and decision-making skills Chapters that focus on the different roles and requirements for leadership

The dynamics of doctrine

Such actions at the small unit level required high standards of small unit
leadership. But this devolution of responsibility necessary to apply the new
tactical doctrine caused serious misgivings among many German officers. The
German Army ...

Author : Timothy T. Lupfer

Release : 1981

Publisher : DIANE Publishing

ISBN : 1428915974

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The School of Hard Knocks

ULT I M AT E LY, T H E O U T C O M E ofthe various and assorted lapses in small
unit leadership examined in the previous chapter was the line of dead and
wounded they left in their wake. The AEF suffered over 256,000 battle casualties

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Release : 2012-04-09

Publisher : Texas A&M University Press

ISBN : 9781603446983

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This important new history of the development of a leadership corps of officers during World War I opens with a gripping narrative of the battlefield heroism of Cpl. Alvin York, juxtaposed with the death of Pvt. Charles Clement less than two kilometers away. Clement had been a captain and an example of what a good officer should be in the years just before the beginning of the war. His subsequent failure as an officer and his redemption through death in combat embody the question that lies at the heart of this comprehensive and exhaustively researched book: What were the faults of US military policy regarding the training of officers during the Great War? In The School of Hard Knocks, Richard S. Faulkner carefully considers the selection and training process for officers during the years prior to and throughout the First World War. He then moves into the replacement of those officers due to attrition, ultimately discussing the relationship between the leadership corps and the men they commanded. Replete with primary documentary evidence including reports by the War Department during and subsequent to the war, letters from the officers detailing their concerns with the training methods, and communiqués from the leaders of the training facilities to the civilian leadership, The School of Hard Knocks makes a compelling case while presenting a clear, highly readable, no-nonsense account of the shortfalls in officer training that contributed to the high death toll suffered by the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I.

A Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign

Discussion here will be limited to how small unit identity, leadership, and the
social contract influenced combat morale in the Meuse-Argonne. In combat, the
soldier's world was reduced to his squad and platoon. It was in these small
primary ...

Author : Edward G. Lengel

Release : 2014-03-04

Publisher : John Wiley & Sons

ISBN : 1118836391

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A Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign explores the single largest and bloodiest battle in American military history, including its many controversies, in historiographical essays that reflect the current state of the field. Presents original essays on the French and German participation in ‒ and perspectives on ‒ this important event Makes use of original archival research from the United States, France, and Germany Contributors include WWI scholars from France, Germany, the United States, and the United Kingdom Essays examine the military, social, and political consequences of the Meuse-Argonne and points the way for future scholarship in this area

Eyes Behind the Lines: US Army Long-Range Reconnaissance and Surveillance Units

In both of these units, the aircraft flew above or off to the side of a reconnaissance
zone ... 79 Tactical Role of Leaders The administrative duties and responsibilities
of small-unit leaders to sustain, shelter, promote, reward, punish, and in other ...

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Release : 2005

Publisher : DIANE Publishing

ISBN : 1428916334

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Eyes Behind the Lines: US Army Long-Range Reconnaissance and Surveillance Units is the 10th study in the Combat Studies Institute (CSI) Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Occasional Paper series. This work is an outgrowth of concerns identified by the authors of On Point: The United States Army in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Specifically, these authors called into question the use of long-range surveillance (LRS) assets by commanders during that campaign and suggested an assessment ought to be made about their continuing utility and means of employment. This revision contains some important additional information the author received after this book was originally published Major (Retired) James Gebhardt, of CSI, researched and wrote this Occasional Paper with that end in view. In this study, Gebhardt surveys the US Army s historical experience with LRRP and LRS units from the 1960s Cold War and Vietnam War, through their resurgence in the 1980s and use in Operations JUST CAUSE and DESERT STORM, to the advent of the GWOT. The paper's analytical framework examines each era of LRS units in terms of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, and personnel. In doing so, the author makes a strong case for continuing the LRS capability in the Army s force structure. The variety of environments and enemies likely to be faced by the military in the GWOT continues to demand the unique human intelligence abilities of trained and organized LRS units. As the Army leads the Armed Forces of the United States in combating terrorists where they live, the lessons found in this survey remain timely and relevant.

American Military Heritage

... small units , the small - unit leadership , and the soldiers on the ground that will
win for you every time . ” Section II Operation Just CAUSE URGENT Fury
occurred while the Army and the other military services were still repairing the
damage ...

Author : William W. Hartzog

Release : 1971

Publisher : Government Printing Office


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Hesitation Kills

The Strategic Cor— poral therefore has the ability to make decisions that could
affect everyone because he is entrusted with authority. Modern combat has made
it essential for smallunit leadership to be decentralized and able to make ...

Author : Jane Blair

Release : 2011-06-16

Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN : 1442208783

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This riveting memoir is the first book written by a female Marine about the war in Iraq and one of the only books written by a woman who has experienced combat firsthand. Deploying to Iraq in 2003, Jane Blair's aerial reconnaissance unit was assigned to travel ahead of and alongside combat units throughout the initial phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Throughout her deployment, Jane kept a journal of her and her fellow lieutenants' combat experiences, which she draws on to convey the immediacy of life in the military, not just for a woman but for all Marines. Jane's stories highlight the drama and chaos of wartime Iraq along with the day-to-day challenges every soldier faced: from spicing up a "pasta with alfredo sauce" MRE to keeping the insidious sand at bay. She also copes with a bullying superior officer while trying to connect with local civilians who have long been viewed as "the enemy." She recounts the struggles specific to women, including being respected as a Marine rather than dismissed as "the weaker sex" and battling the prejudices of male soldiers who don't believe women belong in uniform. And always, she fights the personal loneliness of being separated from her husband, balanced with the challenge and joy of stealing a private moment with him when his unit is close by. Jane describes not only her experiences as a young lieutenant and as a woman but also those of her fellow Marines, whom she lauds as the true heroes of her story. Ultimately, she learns from her commanding officer, and her fellows in arms, what it truly means to be a leader, both in the military and in life. Weaving her story together with the experiences of the ordinary people of Iraq, this book offers compelling insights into the profound impact of the war on the lives of soldiers and civilians alike. Her unforgettable narrative bridges the gap between those who have experienced the Iraq War firsthand and those in America who could only follow its life-altering events from a distance.

The Breaking Point

By emphasizing numbers and combat-power ratios and paying insufficient
attention to cohesion and small-unit leadership, French military leaders in the
Sedan region weakened their units rather than strengthening them. Burdened by
the task ...

Author : Robert A. Doughty

Release : 2014-09-15

Publisher : Stackpole Books

ISBN : 0811760707

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An engaging narrative of the small-unit actions near Sedan during the 1940 campaign for France.

The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual

The dynamic and ambiguous environment of modern counterinsurgency places a
premium on leadership at every level, from sergeant to general. Combat in
counterinsurgency is frequently a small-unit leader's fight; however, commanders'

Author : John A. United States Army

Release : 2008-09-15

Publisher : University of Chicago Press

ISBN : 0226841529

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When the U.S. military invaded Iraq, it lacked a common understanding of the problems inherent in counterinsurgency campaigns. It had neither studied them, nor developed doctrine and tactics to deal with them. It is fair to say that in 2003, most Army officers knew more about the U.S. Civil War than they did about counterinsurgency. The U.S. Army / Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual was written to fill that void. The result of unprecedented collaboration among top U.S. military experts, scholars, and practitioners in the field, the manual espouses an approach to combat that emphasizes constant adaptation and learning, the importance of decentralized decision-making, the need to understand local politics and customs, and the key role of intelligence in winning the support of the population. The manual also emphasizes the paradoxical and often counterintuitive nature of counterinsurgency operations: sometimes the more you protect your forces, the less secure you are; sometimes the more force you use, the less effective it is; sometimes doing nothing is the best reaction. An new introduction by Sarah Sewall, director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, places the manual in critical and historical perspective, explaining the significance and potential impact of this revolutionary challenge to conventional U.S. military doctrine. An attempt by our military to redefine itself in the aftermath of 9/11 and the new world of international terrorism, The U.S. Army / Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual will play a vital role in American military campaigns for years to come. The University of Chicago Press will donate a portion of the proceeds from this book to the Fisher House Foundation, a private-public partnership that supports the families of America’s injured servicemen. To learn more about the Fisher House Foundation, visit

U.S. Coast Guard: America’s Maritime Guardian

The Strategy-Focused Organization. Boston: Harvard Business School Press,
2001. ▫ Kotter, John P. and Dan S. Cohen. The Heart of Change. Boston:
Harvard Business School Press, 2002. ▫ Malone, Dandridge. Small Unit

Author : U.S. Coast Guard

Release : 2012-05

Publisher :

ISBN : 110581100X

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Since its original printing in 2002, Pub 1 has served as the Coast Guard's capstone doctrinal publication. It defines its principles and culture. It describes its history, missions, purpose, and ethos. It communicates who and what the Coast Guard is and how it accomplishes its missions. This May 2009 update includes data on roles and missions, forces, historic evolution, and values.