This book describes in exemplary fashion the complexity and absurdity of the testing situations faced by those on international operations. The reader will soon appreciate that reality out there is essentially different from the sheltered existence we lead here in Sweden.
Mission Abroad highlights the importance of a number of factors necessary, if one is to achieve a successful and human outcome to a dangerous and stressful situation, with minimum casualties.
I would warmly recommend to anyone remotely concerned with international operations that they read and reflect on these stories of personal experience. The stories could also provide the foundation for practical leadership training exercises for soldiers and commanders. I would like again to heartily recommend this book and to thank all those who have contributed to it with their experiences.
former Director, Institute of Leadership & Management
Swedish National Defence College
Mats Ström was Deputy Chief of Staff, Nordbat 2, (Bosnia), Battalion Commander, Swerap (Swedish Rapid Reaction Unit) and Battalion Second-in Command, KS01, (Kosovo). Mats also served as Deputy Brigade Commander in Kosovo and as Assistant Chief of Staff (ACOS) J3 (Operations), EU Operational Headquarters, Potsdam, Germany.
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