Selleg, Jeff
Foundations of Modern Tactics

Modern tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) have their roots in the principles of conflict founded by the great military strategists through millennia. This seminar traces modern tactical decision-making to its roots in the great strategists. At the end of the seminar, participants will be able to better understand why modern day tactics work, but how the context in which they were derived. This will prepare tacticians to better apply their TTP's to given emergencies.

Course Objectives:

  • Why strategy matters
  • Thucydides and the Peloponnesian war
  • Sun Tzu's Art of War (So we think)
  • Machiavelli's Art of War
  • Napoleonic Revolution in Conflict
  • Jomini and strategy
  • Clausewitz on War
  • Jomini and Clausewitz shaping today's conflict
  • Terrorism as strategy

  • Jeff Selleg - Bio
    Jeff Selleg worked in law enforcement from 1996 to 2022 and retired as a Commander from the Port of Seattle, WA, Police Department. He served as a member of Valley Regional SWAT from 2000 to 2022, starting on the entry team and further serving as an explosive breacher, sniper, sniper team leader, entry team leader, and team commander. Jeff served as a patrol and administrative services commander with collateral duty commands over the Explosive Detection Canine Unit, the Bomb Disposal Unit, and SWAT. Jeff volunteered as a member of the Washington State Tactical Officer's Association Board of Directors from 2007 to 2020, including several years as president. He served as an advisor to the National Institute of Justice - Tactical Technology Working Group for the Department of Justice. He served twice as a National SWAT Standards Review Committee member. He assisted the NTOA as a committee member in designing the NTOA's Command College curriculum and currently serves as the Committee Chair of the NTOA's Tactical Leadership Committee. Jeff facilitates most of the NTOA's tactical leadership courses and many other specialty courses. He holds certifications as an instructor in most of the disciplines associated with tactical operations. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Saint Martin's University and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. Jeff has completed his coursework toward earning his Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership through Northeastern University in Boston. Jeff earned graduate certificates in Executive Leadership from Cornell University and Project Management from Harvard University.