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Professional Military References and Leadership
The Army Officer's Guide (47th Edition)
by Lawerence P. Crocker
Paperback. Stackpole Books 1996
"The Book" for officers in the US Army, Army National Guard and the Army Reserve.
The NCO Guide (6th Edition)
by Robert S. Rush and Charles O. Kates
Paperback. Stackpole Books 1995
Thoroughly revised and reorganized, this sixth edition of the popular NCO Guide covers information that is important for noncommissioned officers of all ranks in today's Army. Major topics include the NCO roles and responsibilities for leadership, training, and administration, and career information on subjects such as individual development, promotions, assignments, pay and entitlements, awards and decorations, customs and courtesies, and personal affairs. Army policy on delicate subjects such as fraternization and relations between soldiers is discussed, and the newest information on Army Internet sites is included. Robert S. Rush recently completed 30 years of service as a command sergeant major. He is a noted military historian and writer. He lives in Powell, Ohio.
The Compete Guide to the NCOER: How to receive and Write an Excellent Report
by Wilson L. Walker
Paperback. Impact Publications. 1994
Another desktop reference that all troop leaders should have.
The Three Meter Zone : Common Sense Leadership for NCOs
by J. D. Pendry
Hardcover. Published by Presidio Press. April 1999
The author, J.D. Pendry, , March 20, 1999
Soldiers learn from their closest noncommissioned leader. I’ve been writing down how I feel about things for many years. It’s just something I do to help me think through things important to me and those who have had to look to me for leadership. I never expected anything I’ve written to take on the form of a book. And certainly, I do not consider myself as the how to authority on NCO leadership. There is no one way to do it and I’ve known too many great NCOs who were just better at it than me. My hope for this book is to add the NCO’s voice to the discussion of leadership and generate discussion by NCOs about leadership. It’s a voice that’s been missing in a discussion previously reserved for officers. The noncommissioned officers of the Army owe our thoughts on leading to the soldiers. The on the ground perspective is different from the birds-eye view officers see. It’s time to fill the void. The real leaders of our Army are noncommissioned officers. The men and women, who as a matter of their daily lives, lead, train, and care for soldiers and their families. There is no better way to understand leadership and what it entails until you’ve witnessed, practiced, and examined it in the three-meter zone.
Combat Service Support Guide
Paperback. Stackpole Books. 1993
An excellent source of logistical data and planning aid for logisticians and non-logisticians alike.
Art of War
by Sun Tzu
Paperback. Oxford University Press
The Art of War offers a clear look at the way that many Easterners--as well as an increasing number of Western power personalities--conduct both their lives and businesses. A classic contract written 2,500 years ago by a leading Chinese philosopher/general, The Art of War advances a perspective with which to negotiate daily conflicts and provides insightful tools with which to succeed in life.
On War
by Carl von Clausewitz
Paperback. Princeton University Press 1989
The most significant attempt in Western history to understand war, both in its internal dynamics and as an instrument of policy, Carl von Clausewitz's book stands as one of the world's great classic works on the subject.
Infantry Combat: The Rifle Platoon: An Interactive Exercise in Small Unit Tactics and Leadership
by John F. Antal
Paperback. Presidio Press. 1995
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.
Combat Team: The Captains' War: An Interactive Exercise in Company Level Command in Battle
by John F. Antal
Paperback. Presidio Press. 1998
The third interactive exercise by this author deals with tank warfare at company level: Two Abrams platoons and two Bradley platoons are tasked to fight through difficult terrain in order to assist surrounded friendlies behind enemy lines. The reader can experience different phases of combat and make decisions which determine the outcome of a whole operation. The book teaches some basic military tactics, because obvious tactical mistakes will immediately lead to friendly losses.For professional soldiers (especially tankers) this exercise should be no challenge. Nevertheless it's more interesting and colorful than most of the decision games I faced so far. For people with military interests this book is worth reading anyway.
The Art of Maneuver: Maneuver-Warfare Theory and Airland Battle
by Robert R. Leonhard
Paperback. Presidio Press. 1995
The Art of Maneuver is an important theoretical study of an issue that is currently the subject of much discussion in professional military journals and symposia. The author takes a fresh, unbiased look at what soldiers consider the maneuver-oriented American army and finds that we do not understand the importance of maneuver as classical writers on the subject going back to Sun Tzu have understood it. In fact, we are culturally conditioned to see war as an attritional phenomenon--think of the emphasis on body count and the use of over-whelming firepower in Vietnam. A similar mind-set was operative as recently as Operation Just Cause, the U.S. invasion of Panama. On the other hand, General Schwarzkopf found maneuver warfare extremely effective in Operation Desert Storm. Leonhard shows how true maneuver-warfare theory has been applied in campaigns throughout history. With a genius for apt analogy he shows how our obsession with fighting and winning set-piece battles causes us to overlook an enemy's true vulnerabilities. But as low-intensity conflicts promise to become the dominant warfare of the future, the importance of maneuver in attacking an enemy's critical vulnerability will render attrition approaches to warfighting ever more obsolete.
Prodigal Soldiers : How the Generation of Officer Born of Vietnam Revolutionized American Style War (An AUSA Institute of Land Warfare Book)
by James Kitfield
Paperback. Published by Brasseys. March 1997
Kitfield's history of the recovery of U.S. armed forces from the Vietnam War up to their victory in the Persian Gulf is comprehensive, readable, frequently fascinating, and sometimes moving. It focuses on the careers of several men who were junior officers in Vietnam, personally participated in the reforms, and eventually held high rank during the Gulf War. Along the way, Kitfield imparts an enormous amount of information about U.S. military life, the Goldwater reforms, the management of the armed forces (or its absence), and several unsung heroes, such as Tactical Air Command's General Creech, who never made headlines but to whom the country has reason to be grateful. Kitfield does tend toward a promilitary stance, but it is not a mindless one, and while telling the tales of the command post, he also shows how the reforms looked in the front line. Neither Kitfield nor his subjects are without flaws, but both have labored to good purpose and deserve to be commended for a job well done. Roland Green Copyright© 1995, American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Blackhawk Down: A Story of Modern War
by Mark Bowden
Hardcover. Published by Grove/Atlantic
Journalist Mark Bowden delivers a strikingly detailed account of the 1993 nightmare operation in Mogadishu that left 18 American soldiers dead and many more wounded. This early foreign-policy disaster for the Clinton administration led to the resignation of Secretary of Defense Les Aspin and a total troop withdrawal from Somalia. Bowden does not spend much time considering the context; instead he provides a moment-by-moment chronicle of what happened in the air and on the ground. His gritty narrative tells of how Rangers and elite Delta Force troops embarked on a mission to capture a pair of high-ranking deputies to warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid only to find themselves surrounded in a hostile African city. Their high-tech MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters had been shot down and a number of other miscues left them trapped through the night. Bowden describes Mogadishu as a place of Mad Max-like anarchy--implying strongly that there was never any peace for the supposed peacekeepers to keep. He makes full use of the defense bureaucracy's extensive paper trail--which includes official reports, investigations, and even radio transcripts--to describe the combat with great accuracy, right down to the actual dialogue. He supplements this with hundreds of his own interviews, turning Black Hawk Down into a completely authentic nonfiction novel, a lively page-turner that will make readers feel like they're standing beside the embattled troops. This will quickly be realized as a modern military classic. --John J. Miller


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