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Leadership and Training for the Fight: Using Special Operations Principles to Succeed in Law Enforcement, Business, and War Paperback – July 13, 2011

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About the Author

MSG Paul R. Howe, US Army Retired served in the US Army for more than twenty years, retiring as a master sergeant, having spent much of his time in Special Operations as an assault team leader, sniper, and senior instructor. His service in the Battle of Mogadishu was popularized by the Mark Bowden book Black Hawk Down and the Hollywood movie of the same name. In 2000, Howe founded Combat Shooting and Tactics. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (July 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616083042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616083045
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A.Bodhi on July 21, 2011
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I was a tad skeptical obtaining this manual fearing it to be a rehash of Howe's two older works, but I was pleasantly surprised at the dept of new and updated material contained within this book. Sure there is some overlap, but it is good overlap, as in reviewing standards that need to be maintained at a highly proficient tactical level of operations.

Howe not only offers more of his real world, operational stories concisely written, in order to convey key principles of sound tactical practices and procedures, without giving "trade secrets" to the "enemy" (who will obviously be studying this manual, too), he also provides at the end of each well written chapter, a conclusive summary of key points to study, improve upon, sustain and/or change as one progresses in experience and training.

The book is quite comprehensive, insofar as how and why one must prepare as both leader and innovative, out of the box thinker, if one is to be truly an effective and efficient tactical "fighter."

The book possesses an easy to read and follow format with precise outlines of essential know how and applications that will guide the reader to being more appreciatively mindful of key elements of not only how to go about creating training paradigms, but how to properly maximize implementing said training paradigms for the "fight."

All through the book, Howe emphasizes the great importance of proper mindset, mindset, mindset if one is going to a leader men will willingly follow into harms' way, and who is capable of actually leading men in the utter chaos, duress and mayhem of killing combat.

All superior systems possess built in redundancies, and this book is no exception, but as within great systems, they are much needed and do not need to be downgraded.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jas on November 12, 2011
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Highly recommeded. MSG Howe is former CAG and has been all over the world serving in ugly places while wearing the flag of the USA. He has more real time leadership experience in the worlds toughest arena, Combat.

His work is simple to read and he easily makes his point. He is not a writer by trade and it shows with small grammatical errors but who cares? He makes no excuses and writes from the grunt's perspective. Much of what he writes is directly related to not only Military but LE Officers as well and in my opinion should be a MUST read for any currently taught LE Field Training Officers, aspiring Tactical Team members and management classes populated by those who haven't been in the field in years.

This is one of the few books in my 30+ years in LE I have not only kept but highlighted certain portions and given to younger warriors as a guide. It's that good.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By all thumbs on March 12, 2012
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I have read the book several times and recommended and/or bought copies for friends. If you aren't involved in the military, I think there is a lot of real world application. I am involved in college athletics- and found it very informative. After reading the book, with the personal stories the author adds, you begin to realize that whatever your line of work we all have the same type of issues, but in the authors experience, those failure can lead to people dying. Whereas most of us, may just have a bad month of sales.

Having said that, this author didn't write the book for people involved in college athletics or sales, but it was geared more towards the military so I think that reader will gain a lot out of it as well.

I think this is a great book for anyone who is a coach at a high school or college level. Great for someone considering a career in the service/police of some type. Great for that person who is considering ROTC. Great for those already in the service.

In short, he explains what it takes to survive and lead out there, and it is up to the reader to digest the information and see how you can apply it to your world of which you most certainly will be able to apply some if not all of the information.

Why did I give it 4/5 stars? I think the author would want it that way. One quote in the book is "selection is a never ending process" meaning you have to give yourself constant 'gut checks' to make sure you are doing things right. I am sure he would think there is something in the book that he could polish up and make better and he would want it that way.

I see myself picking up this book monthly for years to come and thumbing through it and taking bits and pieces and using it to whatever my current situation is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard D. MacLean on January 21, 2014
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I was expecting more practical application of leadership principles under difficult conditions. Author is fairly pompous and his material is redundant from chapter to chapter leading to a boring read, frankly.
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I've read the low reviews of this book and I see a pattern. This book isn't about tactics or battle drills. Howe declares in the very beginning that this book is purely about leadership. The leadership spectrum is broad and his lessons are the basis on which to build your tactical foundation. He doesn't spell out full blown tactics, but he provides the reader with the baseline fundamentals such as Boyd's loop, the combat mindset, target identification, layered offense, pushing through the threat, visual assessment of danger areas and so much more. He also describes the essential characteristics of an effective leader. I've purchased this book four times now because I keep giving it away because his messages are so very clear and valuable. It's not a long book, but his tone feels as though you are having a no bull-crap one-on-one with the author and it is very concise. If you are in a combat or law enforcement profession, please read this book, read it again and then share it with others.
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