Zone of Action is a front-row seat to major combat operations, leadership, tragedy and nation-building. These are the war-theater observations of a senior Army JAG, Col. Kirk G. Warner, constantly in the thick of the war, the occupation and the Iraqi community. He tells the inside-the-war-room story of Operation COBRA II and Iraqi Freedom during the march to Baghdad and the nation-building beyond. It details his official and inner journeys and those of soldiers and Iraqis encountered along the way. It reveals the sacrifice of many unsung heroes and the challenges of liberating and occupying a broken country. It shows the character of our soldiers and leaders . . . and the occasional lack of it. But above all things, it is an honest, often humorous journey through war by someone deep in the arena.
Early Praise from Highly-Decorated Military Professionals
“An on-the-ground, in-the-moment look – not from the battle-front but from the decision-makers tents and palaces. At times comical, Kirk’s experiences show the myriad of issues Judge Advocates face in the zone of action, providing fascinating insight into the tactical, strategic and even political features of modern combat.” -Thomas E. Ayres, Major General, U.S. Army (Ret), Former Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Army
“Zone of Action captures the unique vantage point of a mobilized JAG providing counsel and guidance to a variety of senior commanders and officials, both coalition and Iraqi. Col. Warner pulls no punches and shares a compelling account of the intersection of the rule and role of law in modern combat.” -James B. Mallory, Major General, U.S. Army Reserve (Ret.), Former Deputy Commanding General, NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan and Commanding General, 108th Training Command
“A marvelous book about the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Col. Warner and his Reserve lawyer cohorts were a critical part of the Coalition invasion force that brought Saddam Hussein and other criminals of the former regime to justice and, through the disciplined use of force, brought justice to many other enemies of peace. His first-person observations are a must-read account for anyone interested in what really happened in the first year of the war, and in what military lawyers do in combat.” -Marc Warren, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.). Former Staff Judge Advocate, V-Corps and CJTF-7 (Iraq)
“From battle preparation and targeting constraints, through mishaps and investigations, to identifying War Criminals, to Prisoner Operations of all types and sizes, to efforts to rebuild the Iraqi Courts and Judicial System, and loads of legal challenges in between, Colonel Warner provides a serious recounting, tempered with a Soldier's humor, on the essential role of his Judge Advocate Team supporting Commanders and Troops." -Dan Wright, Major General, U.S. Army (Ret), Former Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Army
“I absolutely loved this book! An entertaining insider report from a man in the arena and about everywhere else in the war rooms, courtrooms and streets of Iraq. I was not able to put this book down as the insightful and witty fact-based stories and observations kept coming.” -William S. Busby, Major General, U.S. Air Force Reserve (Ret.), Former Commander, 455 Expeditionary Operations Group, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan
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