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, serving on the entry team, as an explosive breacher, as a sniper, a sniper team leader, an entry team leader, and a team commander. He holds certifications as an instructor in most of the disciplines associated with tactical operations. Jeff served as a patrol commander and an administrative services commander with collateral duty commands over the Explosive Detection Canine Unit, the Bomb Disposal Unit, and SWAT.

    Jeff served 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 and served twice as a committee member of the NTOA's National SWAT Standards Review Committee. Jeff facilitates many of the NTOA's tactical leadership courses along with other specialty courses. 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. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Saint Martin's University and a Master's of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. Jeff has completed his course work towards earning his Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership through Northeastern University in Boston. Jeff earned a graduate certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University and a graduate certificate in project management from Harvard University.