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Composite Warfare presents African soldiers and scholars with a true African ‘Art of War’. This book is intended as a guide and textbook for African soldiers and scholars who wish to understand the development of hostilities, strategy, operational design, doctrine and tactics. It also illustrates the importance of non-partisanship and the mission and role of the armed forces. It covers the role of government along with operations related to war, operations other than war and intelligence operations and how these operations, operating in a coordinated and unified manner, can secure and strengthen a government. 

Composite Warfare draws on the author’s experiences and lessons in Central, Southern, East, West and North Africa where he served numerous African governments as a politico-military strategist, division commander, division adviser, battalion commander and special operations commander. 

Softcover / 544 pages. 100 b/w drawings & charts, 50 colour & 100 b/w photos photos

 About the Author:

Eeben Barlow was the founder and chairman of Executive Outcomes (EO) where he trained SADF Special Forces in covert operations. He has worked in South America, the Far East and Africa training and mentoring armies and assisting law enforcement agencies and intelligence services with the development of strategies. He is the chairman of STTEP International Ltd, a company that supports predominately African governments whom he assists with the development of military strategies and operational designs. He regularly lectures at defence universities and staff colleges in Africa and abroad. He is the author of the best-selling book Executive Outcomes: Against all Odds and was a contributing editor to the Counter Terrorist Magazine.


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Shane O Rourke

Very impressed. Everything was easy to find and purchase, delivery was quick and the package was well protected!
Book is a great read so far!

Juergen Olk
Well done.

Order was perfictley fulfilled. On time ,well packaged at a great price. Highly recommend.

Seamus McQuade

Composite Warfare: The Conduct of Successful Ground Force Operations in Africa - Eeben Barlow

Paul Norman
Excellent guide....

African armies are unlike western and eastern armies because of the need to integrate within their ranks members of different tribes, ethnic groups and religions. This textbook is an excellent guide to those differences and how, by successfully integrating the various factions within their armies, they can work as a unit and be prepared for the conflicts that they will ultimately face.
**Paul Norman on Books Monthly***

Wilf Owen
Highly recommended!

I’m recommending this. It is head and shoulders above anything I have read in the applications world for a very long time.
The language is simple and precise, albeit using terms and words that not everyone would choose. It’s also a truly unique publication in terms of practical detail. If you grew up in Western armies then this represents a very plausible and very context specific alternative to much you think you may understand. It’s about war in the real, not the ideal and in Africa. Any read-across and/or extrapolation is going to require some very good understanding to achieve.
That all said there a few things I find puzzling, but I wouldn’t quibble given the authors track record. It clearly worked for him.


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