Reviewed By: Friedrich Seiltgen

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Joe Dolio has published volume 4, “Scouting And Patrolling,” of his “Tactical Wisdom” series. If you haven’t kept up with this series, there’s still time to prepare, maybe, but the hour is very late.

Joe Dolio

Let’s review Dolio’s bona fides. Joe Dolio is a USMC Veteran with over 20 years of experience in the protection industry. He has served both as an investigation professional and a personal protection specialist. He draws from the experience and training gained over his career to develop the “Tactical Wisdom” book series. In addition to still working in the personal protection field, Joe is an NRA-certified defensive firearms instructor, a KyoSaNim (instructor) in the Korean martial art of Tang Soo Do, and a Krav Maga instructor. In this series, he also draws on his avid outdoorsman and hunter skills.

Scouting & Patrolling

The fourth installment of the “Tactical Wisdom” series is “Scouting And Patrolling.”

Joe uses real-world examples to write his books from a Without Rule of Law (WROL) perspective. As we’ve seen, many areas of America are already at this point.

In a WROL situation, you can’t just call for help and have the police arrive in under 20 minutes. Hell, you can’t do that presently in many areas. The skills taught in “TW-04” can help you stay safe, mitigate the threat, and keep the fight away from your site.

In “Scouting And Patrolling,” Joe discusses conducting a coordinated campaign to gather information and deal with threats as far from us as possible. Joe points out that dealing with a hostile force 5 miles away is better than on your perimeter.

Joe starts with the basics and builds on them throughout the book, and the training standard at the end of each chapter summarizes the learning objectives.

Patrol Preparation

Patrol preparation outlines the essential kit needed for a patrol and builds on previous volumes of the “Tactical Wisdom” series, particularly “TW-01,” the “Base Line Training Manual.” Dolio emphasizes the need for essential items such as a small UHF/VHF radio for each team member, paper maps since GPS will most likely be unavailable to anyone not associated with the government during a significant event, and a good old-fashioned compass.

You also need to be trained in using these items ahead of time. The day that the WROL situation arrives in full effect is not the day to try and program your radio.

Reconnaissance Patrols

According to US Army FM 7-92, reconnaissance is defined as:

A mission to obtain information by visual observation or other detection methods about the activities or resources of an enemy or potential enemy or about meteorologic, hydrographic, or geographic characteristics of a particular area.

You need to know what’s happening outside your perimeter, and Joe will show you how. The training standard at the end of each chapter summarizes the learning objectives.


No volume on “Scouting and Patrolling” would be complete without a drone section. The use of drones for reconnaissance, scouting, and attack has grown exponentially. The use of drones in Ukraine has shown us their effectiveness in dropping small incendiary and anti-personnel devices on enemy positions, and a recent video of an attack drone exploding over the dome of the Kremlin illustrates their potential.

The “Tactical Wisdom” Series

The “Tactical Wisdom” series is a must for anyone serious about preparing for what’s coming. Written in an easy-to-read and understandable format, “TW-04” breaks it down for those who know little about patrol operations and is an excellent refresher and update for those who do.

Even if you have prior military experience with patrolling and scouting, it’s a brave new world out there. As threats and technology change, so must your tactics. “Tactical Wisdom 4” can help get you up to speed.

Pick up several copies for yourself and your friends, and make sure you have hard copies of all essential books, as the internet is being purged of works such as these as we speak.

That’s all for now, folks! Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas. And as always – “Let’s Be Careful Out There.”

Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearm, and Active Shooter Response. His writing has appeared in RECOIL,, Off Grid, SOF, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at [email protected]