My Books

My current book is called Praxis Tacticum: The Art, Science and Practice of Military Tactics. I wrote this book specifically for junior commanders, irrespective of rank or branch. It focuses on conventional military operations but is also intended to help leaders become better at their profession.

Praise for Praxis:

Chuck has produced a primer that both educates and stimulates the reader to a better appreciation of the profession of arms.

Colonel Kevin M. Batule, US Army

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Praise for Strategia:

These days, we fight wars but we do not win them.  Worse, we don’t really understand what we’ve done to ourselves and to our enemies.  In Strategia, Colonel Charles S. Oliviero, Canadian Army, Retired, explains why we’re getting it wrong.  Victory in war stems from thinking it through.  And thinking it through starts with thinking, no easy matter for busy military leaders, harried political chiefs, or distracted citizens.  In a witty and perceptive narrative grounded in military history and the classic works of military thought, Chuck Oliviero shows us the way to go at it.  The colonel knows the deal.

Daniel P. Bolger, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Retired, former combat commander in Iraq and Afghanistan, and author of Why We Lost:  A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

Strategia is more than a survey of the great theorists of warfare, although it is certainly that.  Going far beyond a simple summation, Charles Oliviero offers a coherent critique of modern military ideas, and especially the persistent tendency to generalize from a technological advantage into a supposedly superior approach to war as a whole.  Not only soldiers and academics but the general public can profit from a close study of this innovative approach to the nature of armed conflict.

Jonathan M. House, Professor Emeritus, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

I have known Chuck all my adult life serving together as brother officers in our regiment and at various military colleges at home and abroad teaching senior military officers the art and science of warfare. He won his tactical spurs in the Regiment rising to command. Throughout he has pursued with passion professional military education to become one of the nation’s great soldier-scholars. 

After three decades of globalization, the chimera of the peace dividend and security provided by the then Leviathan, the West has become complacent in the belief that never again will Europe be engulfed in conflict. Now more than ever, given the emergence of Cold War 2.0, all those searching for an understanding of national security, strategic thought and the application of military art should study this important text.

Colonel (ret’d) Chris Corrigan, CD, MA. Former Director of National Security Studies, Canadian Forces College