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CHAPTER 14

Leading from All Parts of the Line: The Importance of Followership

As the SEAL charter has evolved, we have taken on many core missions to conduct Foreign Internal Defense (FID) operations. However, before 2005, we didn’t specifically train to it. Being required to go anywhere, anytime, and do anything beyond our core specialties is quite a responsibility. With limited time and resources, we have to make choices. When the Iraq War began, I didn’t know a single SEAL who spoke Arabic, and we had never trained in conducting combat FID operations with a foreign conventional military.

FID is the art of training and fighting with a foreign ...

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