Rules of enragement

When you consider all of the pre-deployment preparations, training, re-training, and ramping up, my Afghan adventure spanned more than two years.  Our ultimate destination changed 3 times and our actual mission changed more times than that.  It was typical Big Army uncertainty with several hundred lives left flapping in the breeze of bureaucratic inefficiency.  “Army…

Dereliction of Duty: Training for Failure

There is an old quote that’s origins are debatable:  “The warriors, more than anyone, pray for peace.  For it is they, more than anyone, who must bear the greatest burdens of war.”  It is precisely this burden that dictates we strive for excellence in the training we provide to our warriors.   My affiliation with…

Welcome

Welcome!  This is the page of Author Ross Elder, Columnist for Soldier of Fortune Magazine, contributor for SOFREP.com, contributor for Special-Ops.org, and author of The Fireman Saga series of adventure novels.  To keep up to date on my latest, follow this blog and like me on Facebook.  Thank you for stopping by. Ross