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UNIT TACTICS

Introduction to Team Tactics

Addressing Community Defense and Unit Tactics from a civilian perspective is an admission of civilizational decline. After all, as the Founders of the American republic said, "governments are instituted among men . . . to secure these rights . . . (to) Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." We now recognize that the ability of our governments to secure these inalienable rights is rapidly diminishing. We do not celebrate this fact but we have no choice but to recognize it.

We live in a densely populated, networked society sustained by a vast, interconnected infrastructure that provides a means of exchange, delivers power, transports goods and services, enables communication, and maintains the thin and comforting veneer of civil order. It is no apocalyptic fantasy to recognize that in this second decade of the 21st Century, the foundations of that infrastructure are weakened – that its links and dependencies and complexity are now as much weakness as they once were sources of synergy, leverage, and strength.

When this system encounters sudden and abnormal stress – whether a natural disaster like a hurricane or earthquake, or the wickedly complex man-caused calamities that follow these events or arise on their own from social, economic and political conflict – the sanctuary of normalcy in which we have lived and thrived can be ripped open swiftly and brutally.

This Manual will discuss the short term and long term perturbations that can threaten our security, and how we can anticipate these events and manage the transition from normal to off-normal (or new-normal). We start from the observation that these are not challenges that can be met by individuals acting alone: they require community and cooperation.

Because we have little directly applicable experience – there are few certainties and no tried-and-true methods for addressing the challenges of civilizational decline – this manual seeks to educate more than to train.

". . . Training tends to prepare one for known problems, while education better prepares one for the unknown, the unpredictable, and the unexpected." [The Generals, Thomas E. Ricks (New York: Penguin Books 2012), p. 419]

Topic covered in Unit Tactics include:

UNIT TACTICS
1.0 COMMUNITY DEFENSE IN CRISIS
1.1 The Social Milieu.
1.2 A Word of Caution
1.3 The Politics of Community Defense
1.4 A Case Study - The Schmitt Family.
2.0 AREA STUDY
3.0 EXTERNAL FACTORS
3.1 Threat Assessment
3.2 Vulnerability Analysis
3.3 Example
3.4 Assets Evaluation
4.0 SUSTAINABLE SECURITY
4.1 Illustrative Scenarios
4.2 Maintaining Security Over the Long Term
5.0 OPERATIONAL PRINCIPLES FOR COMMUNITY DEFENSE
5.1 Militia
5.2 Operational Perspectives
5.3 The Art of the Possible
5.4 Organizing Concepts
6.0 CONTINGENCY PLANNING FOR COMMUNITY DEFENSE
6.1 Definition
6.2 Process
6.3 Example
7.0 COMMAND, CONTROL AND COMMUNICATIONS FOR COMMUNITY DEFENSE
7.1 E Pluribus Unum
7.2 Command or Consensus
7.3 Command and Control
7.4 Mission Analysis
7.5 Intuitive and Recognition-Primed Decision Making
7.6 The Limitations of Relying on Procedure
7.7 Communications
7.8 Implicit Command, Implicit Communications, and Commander’s Intent
8.0 WARGAMING COMMUNITY DEFENSE
8.1 Wargame Selection, Adaptation, and Design
8.2 Regulating Movement
8.3 Regulating Combat
8.4 Aggregation
8.5 Tabletop Tactical Wargaming
8.6 Tactical Decision Games
8.7 Terrain Walks and Tactical Exercises Without Troops (TEWT)
9.0 TACTICS FOR COMMUNITY DEFENSE
9.1 Adapt Individual and Small Team Tactics
9.2 Upgrade Physical Security
9.3 Anticipate, Detect, Report, and Coordinate Response to Threats
9.4 Learn from the Past: Protected Locales and Consolidation Under Threat
9.5 Reaction Teams.
9.6 Roles and Responsibilities of Unit Members