Matt has real ‘street cred’ here, I don’t. Let’s get that said up front. But as a civilian, I strongly recommend the book.
Having read the book, I can only STRONGLY recommend you read it and put it into action. I will never have a DD214 as I was NPQ, so I brought an “interested civilian” perspective to the review.
For what it’s worth, I would likely qualify as an “Alpha, Roving and Response Guardian” and a fire captain.
I posted a comment. See below:
As a civilian dad I found the book very informative, sobering, actionable and comprehensive. Its a practical, executable call to action. They have obviously thought this through (based on real-world experiences) and then effectively put pen to paper. I have never seen the elephant but sadly may soon find the elephant at our door under very tragic circumstances. This book is a remarkably readable laymans guide to survive, sustain and win during a failure of civility.
Unlike Matt, I have only been through the book once, but its already highlighted and dogeared. I plan to remove the pages from the binding, drill them, and construct a sectioned three-ring binder. This will be a working document and tool.
To me the book is most valuable because it is *practically* instructive and motivating. I can turn this into a project plan and make the right progress. Now.
I read this not as a veteran, but rather as a civilian dad living in a typical middle-class Atlanta commuting suburb. The houses in our neighborhood are brick-front, stick-frame, multi-story, five/four and a door structures with lousy ballistics resistance and quite burnable. We happen to live in an large planned community of rolling hills, fully-surrounding three 50+ acre, stream-fed freshwater lakes. We are 2.5 miles from Interstate 85, 22 miles from urban Atlanta, and .5 miles off a main secondary road. In short, we are an accessible, attractive target to the Horde. Because of the prior conditions, our Plan A has long been to bug out to our place in the NC mountains. This book applies quite well for our plan A, as we WILL need a NPP even for that location on the edge of the Nantahala forest. (Frankly you need a NPP wherever you stop, even en route.) *BUT* if we get caught here, circumstances change, whatever, and we need or ought to bug-in here, we need a good plan. This is it.
My greatest concern for success with an NPP is that our neighborhood is culturally and politically diverse, and I have real doubts about our ability to gain and sustain adequate OPSEC and secure the perimeter due to others not sharing our perspective and definition of outsiders and the threat there from.
Secondly, how do we realistically plan to deal with starving, pathetic refugees under the age of 6? Forsten deals with this in One Second After. Not sure our neighbors would join us in similar actions and postures.
NET: buy it. Read it repeatedly. Turn it into practice and actions.
Thanks for listening
Nothing is guaranteed to be easy, that’s for sure. Moral dilemnas will come from many directions. No book can answer every question for every situation. But you and I will agree that this book will solve many of the thorniest riddles when they appear, so that we can save our mental energy for the toughest questions that our unique NPP situations will encounter. This book will put us miles ahead of folks who have to stumble into every new crisis without a plan. This book contains the plans. It’s invaluable. Not a guarantee—there will be no guarantees for anybody, anywhere—but it will gives us a tremendous leg up on the unprepared.