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. So if it sounds as though Howe is repeating himself at times, it is for that very specific reason of drilling the necessary survival mechanisms into high working order.
This book, I personally believe, illustrates that Howe has grown and matured as a better writer, tactical instructor and teacher of leadership principles and concepts. His extensive, real world operational skills, sound academic research and his continuing growth as a world class instructor of military and law enforcement tactical teams, brilliantly shines forth from this work, offering the consumer a mix of expertise not many others can match in this crazy, crazy world of commercial tactical training.
This book needs to be read carefully, underlined, contemplated deeply, and then kept close by for immediate referencing as it will genuinely help one systematically look at, tear apart and bring to resolve small to serious problems one will surely meet when engaged at the leadership level of tactical operations in the military or law enforcement.
This IS a Superb book, that MORE than delivers the truths one expects to discover in a volume that is genuine and true to its title: "LEADERSHIP AND TRAINING FOR THE FIGHT."