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Leadership And Training For The Fight: A Few Thoughts On Leadership And Training From A Former Special Operations Soldier Paperback – October 6, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (October 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420889508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420889505
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Howe served in the U.S. Army for over 20 years, ten of which was in Special Operations. While assigned to Special Operations, he saw combat in multiple operational areas. He has traveled and lived in multiple high-risk countries during his time in the Army. Currently he is the owner of CSAT-Combat Shooting and Tactics, a business he founded in 2000 which serves the Law Enforcement, Military, Government Security and Civilian community.

More About the Author

Paul Howe served in the U.S. Army for over 20 years, ten of which was in Special Operations. While assigned to Special Operations, he saw combat in multiple operational areas. He has traveled and lived in multiple high-risk countries during his time in the Army. Currently he is the owner of CSAT-Combat Shooting and Tactics, a business he founded in 2000 which serves the Law Enforcement, Military, Government Security and Civilian community.

Customer Reviews

The book transcends combat.
Vivian Tilley
This is one of the must read books for leadership in the military, or anywhere for that matter.
J. W. Mullins
Very good book, well structured, pleasant to read.
M. Aurelien

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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Steve Dietrich VINE VOICE on April 1, 2007
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A great book on multiple levels. Perhaps the most valuable is the wisdom on leadership.

Master Sergeant Howe a great example of the physical, moral and intellectual qualities that give such strength to our military, especially the Special Forces. Much of the power of the book is derived from its simple, composite content - lesson plans for the warrior, "case discussion" and analysis. As the author notes the text has not been scrubbed into political correctness and academic flacidity.

Howe brings something else to the table that perhaps no other author possesses, field experience that began with multiple tours and continued with both the Army and CIA across decades to the war in Afghanistan. While excellent books such as One Bullet Away cover weeks of combat, Howe's experience covers multiple campaigns but always in the field.

Howe's lesson plans are directed at the needs of warriors and law enforcement at the point of the spear. It is the wisdom of someone who has led forces into hellholes around the world while carefully preserving the lessons learned. I am in no position to judge the quality of his tactical advice; but, his record and reputation speak volumes.

Howe points out the need to change the mindset and how many training exercises instill the wrong responses. One example is the use of paintball and laser drills where one hit and you are out of the fight. To Howe this is totally unacceptable in the field and, therefore, unacceptable training. There are lesson that appears page after page - training, more training, planning that utilizes collective wisdom, aggressive execution and leadership.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Lodge2 on January 12, 2007
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Written by somebody who has lived "in the trenches" for fellow soldiers and law enforcement officers. The writing style is very direct and unfiltered. Howe explains early in the book that his intent was to get his thoughts down on paper while they were fresh and to avoid watering them down through a formal editing process. The feeling you get is that of a junior leader listening to a seasoned veteran pass on his wisdom.

Chapters include:

* Accelerating The Loop

* Combat Mindset

* Individual Leadership

* Selection

* Team Leadership

* Organizational Leadership

* Combat Leadership

* Training For The Fight

* Leadership Planning

* Teaching Leadership

* Counseling and Mentorship

* Realities of Combat and Tactical Tips

Recommended reading for leaders at all levels. Although oriented towards leadership skills, there are also lessons for individual citizens. Would be a great companion book to Grossman's "On Combat" or Bowden's "Blackhawk Down."
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Davis on July 5, 2006
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Paul Howe's experience is extensive and his advice is a treasure in this book. If you're a young NCO in military service, particularly ground forces, this book is full of information that you will find valuable in helping to professionally develop yourself as a soldier and leader of soldiers. Each section starts off with an incident that led to a particular experience and lesson. In traditional Army fashion, each is covered in AAR format with a list of sustainments and improvements. As an NCO, this book can help guide you to develop more realistic and useful combat-oriented training as well as give you the tools necessary to become a more effective leader.

Along with the Ranger Handbook, I personally believe every NCO should have this book handy.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 21, 2006
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Excellent book from the best instructor, that I ever met. Paul Howe is one of the greatest wariors that USA ever had. You just have to read Mark Bowden's "Black Hawk Down" and will understand why. We, the law enforcement oficers from this small East European country, are verry proud and happy, that practise P. Howe's principles, rules and drills, which he teach us. Whithin this lesson book we have a chanse to make a step forward in our business. Thank You Paul! And we waiting for Your next lesson book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By anonymous fed on April 22, 2006
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This book was one of the best tactical books that I have ever read. Most tactical books do not cover Mindset or the mental preparation needed to prepare for the big fight. I saw this in the office of our training staff. I discovered the book by accident, and I am glad I did. Mental preparation is as important as physical preparation, and this book shows you how to do it.

This book also covers some of the unknown fights of the US involvement in Somalia. The author was a part of the fighting in the "blackhawk down" sscenario. The details of those fights will let you know how bad the fighting was and why our guys were able to survive. They trained hard, and they fought hard. That is the secret of the book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Mullins VINE VOICE on January 30, 2008
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This is one of the must read books for leadership in the military, or anywhere for that matter. While it is called "Training for the Fight" and many of his examples are dealing with combat, it is not limited to ground forces, combat roles or the military. It is a collection of what makes a good leader and how to become one. The phrase 'leaders are born' is mostly rubbish, a true leader has to be developed from his experience and mentors, and this book clearly shows that.

Paul Howe's writing is clear and concise, and he formats his chapter like an Army After Action Report (AAR), which works fairly well. He starts his chapters with a snap shot of an operation or other experience of his, then goes through and breaks it down into what was right or wrong, what should be changed, how to fix it and what could be improved.

You really can't go wrong with this one, whether you are a working in an Infantry squad, on a ship, or in a boardroom, this is equally useful to any aspiring leader, one someone who just wants to improve their leadership.
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