Articles written by: John Mosby

Equipping the Guerrilla Fighter, Part One

Equipping the Guerrilla Fighter, Part One

The guerrilla fighter is a true light-infantryman in the classical sense of the term. He is, essentially, a woodsman-scout. The guerrilla operates in a manner that emphasizes the expert use of his personal small-arms, the use of stealth in all of his movements, using the available terrain and cover to […]

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Defending the Aerial Threat with Small Arms

Defending the Aerial Threat with Small Arms

“Technology is a product of human ingenuity. If one man can imagine something, I guarantee you that another man, somewhere, can imagine a way to f**k it up.”  –SSG John Mosby, U.S. Army Special Forces, northern Afghanistan, 2002 Perhaps the single most critical tactical advantage that conventional security forces hold […]

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The Formation and Organization of Resistance Movements, Part Two

The Formation and Organization of Resistance Movements, Part Two

This is part two of a two-part series.  Part One can be found here. There are three necessary components to a successful insurgency. The subversive underground is always present and is the first component of the resistance to form and begin active operations. The strategic goals of the resistance movement […]

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The Formation and Organization of Resistance Movements, Part One

The Formation and Organization of Resistance Movements, Part One

This is Part One of a two-part series.  Part Two will be published next week. Resistance movements generally begin with the desire of individuals or small groups of individuals to remove intolerable conditions imposed by an unpopular regime. Opposition towards the regime and hatred of existing conditions that conflict with […]

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The Four Pillars of Individual and Small-Unit Combat Effectiveness, Part Two

The Four Pillars of Individual and Small-Unit Combat Effectiveness, Part Two

This is Part Two of a two-part series.  Part One can be found here. Battle Drills/Skills. The ultimate goal of combat training is to produce a combat-ready unit that responds instantly to known or suspected enemy activity and defeats the enemy. A battle drill is a collective team action that […]

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The Four Pillars of Individual and Small-Unit Combat Effectiveness, Part One

The Four Pillars of Individual and Small-Unit Combat Effectiveness, Part One

Guerrilla combat operations are ideally nothing more than conventional small-unit operations conducted by irregular forces in an unconventional environment. To that end, there is a lot that can be learned as far as training the individual guerrilla fighter by looking at advancements made in training the conventional force soldier over […]

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Escape & Evasion Operations, Part One B

Escape & Evasion Operations, Part One B

This is Part One B in a series on Escape and Evasion Operations.  Part One A can be found here. The success or failure of recovery operations in E&E are predicated on several critical considerations. These include the following: Availability of Resources. When operational planning occurs, someone MUST consider the […]

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Escape & Evasion Operations, Part One A

This is Part One A of Escape and Evasion Operations.  Part One B can be found here. Escape and Evasion (E&E) operations are a traditional task of Special Forces in the Unconventional Warfare (UW) paradigm. It is also a historically critical resistance operation. Much of the following section of this […]

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Suppressive Fire for the Irregular War Fighter

Suppressive Fire for the Irregular War Fighter

Well-executed suppressive fire is, arguably, the critical task in an effective contact. The maneuver element cannot move to, or exit, their covered approach route until/unless enemy weapons can be destroyed, or effectively disabled. Effective suppressive fire is a prerequisite for assault or any other maneuver! The reality is conventional military […]

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Logistics of the Irregular Force Warfighter: Sidearms

Logistics of the Irregular Force Warfighter: Sidearms

On Sidearms. The reality is, as has been determined over and over ad nauseum by the militaries of the world, the pistol is largely irrelevant in military/paramilitary combat. That having been said, as the man pointed out, that doesn’t mean it isn’t important to the individual soldier who suddenly needs […]

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