"Platoons seal the fate of armies." -- S.L.A. Marshall.
So it says on the cover of Small Unit Leadership: A Commonsense Approach by COL Dandridge M. Malone. And Marshall was right, in the era of attrition warfare. But we are now in the era of advanced maneuver warfare, some call it "4th Generation Warfare." John Robb calls it "open source insurgency."
In such a battlespace as we, the defenders of the Founders' Republic, find ourselves facing today, we must revise Marshall's dictum. For in truth, if the anti-constitutional forces now in charge of the country and its numerous federal police agencies decide, through deliberate criminality or stupid misadventure, to spark another American civil war, it will rather be a thousand fire teams that seal the fate of the Republic -- to its restoration, or, if we fail, to its destruction.
On such a battlefield, every Three Percenter must be a leader. This small volume of COL Dandridge's, written in 1983 when the Cold War still looked like it would end in T-72S crashing through the Fulda Gap and atomic fire, wears well as a primer for small unit leaders.
After Absolved is sent off to the publisher, we will be promoting a course of instruction on small unit organization and leadership. Our vision is to take a weekend (much like Appleseed) and train small unit leaders. I will have more on this later. But for now, get a copy of this basic primer and begin to think in terms of applying it to your immediate area of operations.