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Guardian Joe: How Less Force Helps the Warrior

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Most infantry and special-operations professionals hate war. They constantly seek ways to more morally conduct one, because such skills better protect their humanity. They also make a quicker victory possible. Logically required will be bypassing the enemy's first line of defense to go after after his command and logistics centers. Among other things, Guardian Joe reveals how small U.S. contingents can: (1) move around more discretely in the city; (2) conduct non-confrontational rural land navigation; and (3) give the "slip" to a sizable pursuer. For company grade officers, it thus offers a "one-stop" reference for Irregular Warfare (IW). For their troops, it provides specific instructions on how more easily to survive in combat. In other words, this book is not more armchair philosophy. It is the "how-to" manual for the next advance in U.S. warfighting.

What People Are Saying

"[T]he average American rifleman might do quite well with a more productive combat role. . . . [H]is is the most complicated of all military fields. So, only required would be for his unit to . . . acknowledge the extra warrior potential." -- Google Books

"It will be invaluable reading for military leaders." -- Daniel Library, The Citadel, 19 April 2018

“This is a critically important book that provides deep insights into the issues of morality in the way we conduct military operations in the 21st Century.  It is a must read for our political and military leaders as well as for every member [including the lowest ranks] of our Armed Forces.” —  Gen. Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Ret.), former commander of CENTCOM

“Guardian Joe emphasizes that when nations and peoples must fight, they must fight right [by the internationally established rules of warfare], and they must fight with both courage and compassion.” Maj.Gen. John H. Admire, USMC (Ret.), former commander of 1st Marine Division

“[T]he soldier, no matter what rank, must now become multi-dimensional in noncombat and open-combat-avoidance roles. . . . Poole explains . . . how . . . in Guardian Joe.  If firepower and technology were the twin doors to victory, then what are we still doing in Iraq & Afghanistan after 17 years?” — Kim Holien, professional military historian

“Poole confronts the ‘technocentric’ American way of war.  His research and insights . . . [appeal] for ‘what smallness makes possible.’  Read Guardian Joe for . . . thoughts on . . . ‘no killing’; treasure it for . . . morality and compassion still matter.  In a more sensible time, this would be a national best-seller.” — Dr. Mark Mateski, founder and editor of “Red Team Journal” 

Table of Contents

Part One:  The Current U.S. Focus

    Chapter 1:  The Dichotomy of U.S. Intentions           
    Chapter 2:  2GW Fixation but No Culture of Death           

Part Two:  Now Needed for Future Conflicts

    Chapter 3:  A Closer Look at America’s War Record     
    Chapter 4:  The Gradual Demise of Daring and Initiative     
    Chapter 5:  Hidden GI Risks Within the U.S. Operating Style 
    Chapter 6:  What Eventually Wins Most Wars         

Part Three:  Necessary Parameters for the New Way

    Chapter 7:  Protecting Each U.S. Combatant’s Humanity     
    Chapter 8:  Playing the Long Game             
    Chapter 9:  Never Succumbing to a Defensive Mindset     

Part Four:  Warfare Converging with Law Enforcement

    Chapter 10:  U.S. Grunts Now Need Policing Skills     
    Chapter 11:  SWATs Can’t Use All U.S. Infantry Tactics   

Part Five:  Fully Embracing a Higher Form of Combat

    Chapter 12:  3GW Conditioning and Tactics       
    Chapter 13:  4GW Conditioning and Tactics       

Part Six:  Advantages of This Less Lethal Approach

    Chapter 14:  Fewer Wars That Go On Forever         
    Chapter 15:  Less Telegraphing of Intentions       
    Chapter 16:  Captives Have Intelligence Value       
    Chapter 17:  Wounding More Impairs Foe Infrastructure   
    Chapter 18:  The Quarry Need Not Be Allowed to Escape   
    Chapter 19:  A Minimally Disrupted Environment       

Part Seven:  Historical Examples of Not Killing

    Chapter 20:  Hardly a Shot Was Fired                   
    Chapter 21:  Making Friends out of Enemies       
    Chapter 22:  Battlefield Acts of Mercy           

Part Eight:  Enough Skill to Make Less Force Possible

    Chapter 23:  Sufficient Tiny-Element Ability on Offense   
    Chapter 24:  Sufficient Tiny-Element Ability on Defense   

Part Nine:  Increasing the GI’s Situational Awareness

    Chapter 25:  Urban Warnings of Impending Trouble    
    Chapter 26:  Rural Hints of Nearby Opposition       
Part Ten:  Contact Avoidance

    Chapter 27:  Moving Around More Discretely in the City   
    Chapter 28:  Nonconfrontational Rural Land Navigation   
    Chapter 29:  Giving the “Slip” to a Sizeable Pursuer     

Part Eleven:  Idiosyncrasies of 21st Century Conflict

    Chapter 30:  Foe More Productively Considered a Criminal   
    Chapter 31:  Ruinous Urban Assault No Longer Necessary   
    Chapter 32:  Controlling the Urban Expanse       
    Chapter 33:  Countryside Cannot Be Pacified by Drone   
Part Twelve:  Only Fighting When Strategically Helpful

    Chapter 34:  The Implicit Part of Every Mission       
    Chapter 35:  What’s Strategically Vital to U.S. Foes   
    Chapter 36:  Waging War with Technology Alone        
    Chapter 37:  Withdrawal and Then Rebuilding Momentum 

Part Thirteen:  When One’s Life Hangs in the Balance

    Chapter 38:   The One-on-One Clash with Any Asian Soldier   
    Chapter 39:   Living Long Enough to Carry On the Fight   

Part Fourteen:  How Modern Wars Are More Easily Won

    Chapter 40:  An End to All Fighting Is the Goal       
    Chapter 41:  Some Forgiveness Required           

    Source Notes                           

About the Author                           
Name Index                             


“From the World War II (WWII) cover, some may assume this book is about issues with which the United States (U.S.) military has already dealt.  It isn’t.  It addresses perfectly valid “combat lessons learned” of various eras that the Pentagon’s doctrinal bureaucracy has yet to incorporate into its schools and manuals. “--First few sentences from Preface

ISBN 978-0-981865973

Paperback: 582 pages, 140 illustrations, 679 endnotes