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First, Fast, Fearless: How to Lead Like a Navy SEAL by Brian Iron Ed Hiner

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CHAPTER 8

“Ya Got What Ya Got”: Leading Through Bureaucracy and Limited Resources

By the time 9/11 happened, the military as a whole had been virtually stagnant for decades and hadn’t been involved in a sustained war since Vietnam. In Iraq and Afghanistan, we found that the enemy had no battle lines, was elusive, and was embedded within the civilian population.

As SEAL warriors, we knew that we had courage, teamability, and the ability to solve problems. Fighting two completely separate wars tested our forces to their limits. There was no playbook, and after Saddam Hussein was toppled, the military looked around and said, “Now what?”

It’s apparent ...

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