Famously known as Top Gun, the Navy Fighter Weapons School was critical to mission success. This involved quickly revamping close-in-air combat training for flight crews being deployed to Vietnam. And Captain Kevin Smith, a Sonic Warrior who operated fighter planes above the speed of sound, helped lead the way to solving one of aviation’s great challenges. Smith’s The Sonic Warrior offers a riveting inside look at his role in the launch of Top Gun. The memoir is also an inspiring study in leadership and critical thinking, providing Smith’s valuable insight into optimizing human performance in any high-stakes, intense operation.