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In the News | Author Donna McAleer appointed to Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services

They made a good choice! We are proud to know Donna and to have published her award winning book, Porcelain On Steel | Women of West Point’s Long Gray Line. Donna is a staunch advocate for veterans and has worked tirelessly on behalf of women veteran’s rights. The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Lindenmeyer, one of the women profiled in Donna’s book, has also been appointed to this committee.

Read the press release from the Department of Defense

Defense Advisory Committee on Women In The Service

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In the News | Author, Kerry Kachejian on panel discussion – The Impact of a Weakened Military

Our author, Kerry Kachejian, Colonel, USAR (Retired) is one of the United States most qualified soldiers and engineers, having served in and supported reconstruction operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan as well as relief operations during Hurricane Katrina. He is the author of, SUVs Suck in Combat, and recently participated on a panel discussion about whether potential budget cuts will weaken the United States military (and he points out how they have in the past).

Here’s the video of the discussion:

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The Army and Low Intensity Conflict

“History shows that the bill payers of failed policy and short-sighted national security planning are the military forces of the nation.”

— Rear Admiral Phillip R. Olson, speaking to a conference on low intensity conflict

AVAILABLE NOW from author, Rick Waddell:

During the Cold War, given the threat of the Soviet military poised in Eastern Europe, the Army had to be able to wage armored warfare. The fear of low intensity conflict throughout the Cold War was the fear of bleeding to death from small bites. In this vein low intensity conflict was equivalent to an economy-of-force operation where our adversaries struck at us in our most vulnerable areas – terrorism, subversion, and insurgency. But, the challenge of low intensity conflict transcended the Cold War.

The Soviets are gone, but the style of conflict remains: the security environment of the future may look more like the urban hell of Beirut, Sarajevo, or Baghdad where hand-held missiles and crude homemade bombs threaten air and ground movement, and more like the jungles of Vietnam or the mountains of Afghanistan, where the physical and human terrain negates or reduces the effectiveness of heavy weapons and high technology devices.

Despite a large number of works that dealt with some aspect of low intensity conflict, none focused exclusively on the evolution of the Army’s response to this security challenge. Understanding this evolution is important because the problems of terrorism, insurgency, peacekeeping, and contingency operations – the categories of low intensity conflict – took on new relevance in a world without the Soviet Union.

The great bipolar confrontation had, for 45 years, submerged many of the world’s ethnic, religious, and economic passions. The end of the Cold War gave these passions a new, violent and bloody freedom. Although interstate conflict remains a threat, many of the aforementioned passions give rise to internal conflicts which require the use of force in non-traditional ways. The Army did not respond well to the challenge in the past, costing thousands of American lives and setting up the only strategic defeat that the United States has suffered. By the early 1990s, the United States government once again determined that it wanted the capability to respond to these challenges.

The changes in the early 1990s to the national strategy and the subordinate military strategy placed far greater emphasis on low intensity missions for the Army than had been the case since the early 1960s. Much of the post-Cold War Army would be based in the continental United States, and organized for rapid deployability in response to regional crises. Thus, the greater focus on conflict at the lower end of the spectrum colored the Army’s, as well as the nation’s, foreign policy abilities in the rest of the decade. Understanding the process of organizational change in the military, then, is necessary to the appropriate management of the Army’s mission. If the Army does not prepare well to enact changed national strategy, the costs, as Admiral Olson’s quotation above points out, are quite high in human terms. And, as the defeat in Vietnam demonstrated, the political costs to the nation are quite high, too. We have now engaged in more than a decade of war after the 9-11 attacks, mostly of the low intensity variety. This book sets the stage for understanding the process the Army went through before it entered that decade, and can help us understand how the Army changed during the war.

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UPCOMING | The Army and Low Intensity Conflict

“History shows that the bill payers of failed policy and short-sighted national security planning are the military forces of the nation.”

— Rear Admiral Phillip R. Olson, speaking to a conference on low intensity conflict

From author, Rick Waddell.

Click here for more details on the book.

The Army & Low Intesity Conflict by Rick Waddell

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A Soldier’s Service Book | My Father’s Life During WWII

A Soldier's Service Book | My Father's Life During WWII

Available Now

From the Author:

After my father passed away on June 25, 2009, my mother handed to me two plastic bags, full of mostly aerogram letters he had written home during his service in World War II to his mother, stepfather, and his brother (who was a Lieutenant in the Army). Over the next six months, I read all of the letters, some of which begin in August, 1941 when he enlisted, right up until he was discharged in January, 1946. Although he initially enlisted with the Army, he was, over the course of the war, assigned not only to the Army, but the Air Force and the Navy. He was stationed (after his initial placement at Camp Borden), in Kingston, Ontario, Pictou and Halifax, Nova Scotia and then on to England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. From Great Britain, the Corps travelled by ship through the Suez Canal to Egypt, Gibraltar, Malta, Arabia, Ceylon, Hong Kong, Manila, Guam, and finally as the war ended he came home through Pearl Harbour and British Columbia. Growing up, and even as an adult, I was unaware that my father had travelled to most of these places.

In every family there are stories that are unknown, untold, seldom heard and over time are forgotten. While reading through all of his correspondence, I could not help but feel that there was an interesting story and an important one to share with my family. I did not want to see that story lost so I decided to undertake making this book a reality. My hope with this book is to share, through my father’s correspondence and other documents and details handed down to me, a vignette of his life at a time of great personal discovery and also a time of historic and national significance. Military service and travel are both strong catalysts for changing a person. The effect is even more pronounced when the two are joined together in a wartime environment. This book provides a picture, a snapshot if you will, of that period and of a young man coming to terms with his relationship with his mother and of his discovery of the woman who became the love of his life.

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Coming Soon | Crisis in the Congo

Coming in September

A new CIA operative, Tom Russell, continues his adventures in Africa!

First introduced in The New Casablanca | Madness in Liberia… when the United States needs a tough man, to count on in Africa, they send in a Marine—Russell.

One of the most tragic stories in the history of Africa unfolded in the dark abyss of the Congo.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could not escape widespread and unprecedented violence from rogue rebel forces, mercenaries, and criminal enterprises. Corruption, illegal smuggling, and ungoverned regions in the deep jungle helped ruthless thugs exploit the Congo’s vast, untapped mineral wealth. One of the world’s most remote locations, the  Belgian Congo, could not move beyond the epic inhumanity inflicted by its former colonial ruler. Under Belgian rule the practice of cutting off arms to maintain order was a common occurrence; just one example of brutality beyond conception inflicted on the Congolese. Even after emerging from colonial rule in 1960, a despot, Joseph Mobutu, forced his way to power after the assassination of Patrice Lumumba. Under Mobutu’s rule, death became commonplace and widespread violence blanketed the Congo and spilled over into neighboring peaceful countries. Western countries stood idly by as Africa’s first large-scale war claimed nearly five million lives over its nine year period.

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Crisis in the Congo by Anthony C. FabianoIn 2006, American Marine Corps officer, Tom Russell, on loan to the Central Intelligence Agency, arrives in the Congo. His mission: to help keep the peace in preparation for the upcoming DRC Presidential election. In Kinshasa he finds a nation on the brink of destruction. As the country and region spiral out of control, many factions transform the Congo into a blood-drenched powder keg: Belgians still play a vital economic role in their former colony; former Soviet Union KGB funnel blood diamonds out of the country; North Koreans and Iranians search for black market uranium; al-Qaeda wants a foothold in Africa; Hezbollah operatives smuggle weapons, and corrupt government officials seek personal gain. Greed governs everyday life and fuels the obliteration of hope for the Congolese.

Russell faces those determined to keep the Congo in utter chaos and he is not about to let that happen. He encounters an old lover, an Israeli Mossad agent, who arrives in the Congo  searching for a missing atomic bomb sold in the early 1970s to South Africa; believed to have been  traded to the former Congo President Mobutu for blood diamonds. Raw emotions from their torrid and never fully forgotten love affair further complicate a mission whose stakes have grown exponentially higher. His mentor, a British Colonel who works for MI6, arrives in Kinshasa to provide much needed assistance and Russell comes into contact with two retired CIA agents who served in the Congo during the 1960s—they teach him more about Africa than he would ever find out and learn on his own.

The focus on stopping the spread of the highest grade of uranium on the world’s black market quickly shifts; as the race is on to track down the loose nuclear weapon first and then control access to the uranium deposits. The fast paced action illustrates the true nature, challenges and complexity of clandestine operations in the Congo and highlights the struggle for stability in modern day Africa.

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Crisis in the Congo

Crisis in the Congo by Anthony C. Fabiano

A new CIA operative, Tom Russell, continues his adventures in Africa!

First introduced in Madness in Liberia… when the United States needs a tough man, to count on in Africa, they send in a Marine—Russell.

One of the most tragic stories in the history of Africa unfolded in the dark abyss of the Congo.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could not escape widespread and unprecedented violence from rogue rebel forces, mercenaries, and criminal enterprises. Corruption, illegal smuggling, and ungoverned regions in the deep jungle helped ruthless thugs exploit the Congo’s vast, untapped mineral wealth. One of the world’s most remote locations, the  Belgian Congo, could not move beyond the epic inhumanity inflicted by its former colonial ruler. Under Belgian rule the practice of cutting off arms to maintain order was a common occurrence; just one example of brutality beyond conception inflicted on the Congolese. Even after emerging from colonial rule in 1960, a despot, Joseph Mobutu, forced his way to power after the assassination of Patrice Lumumba. Under Mobutu’s rule, death became commonplace and widespread violence blanketed the Congo and spilled over into neighboring peaceful countries. Western countries stood idly by as Africa’s first large-scale war claimed nearly five million lives over its nine year period.

* * *

American Marine Corps officer, Tom Russell, on loan to the Central Intelligence Agency, arrives in the Congo. His mission: to help keep the peace in preparation for the upcoming DRC Presidential election. In Kinshasa he finds a nation on the brink of destruction. As the country and region spiral out of control, many factions transform the Congo into a blood-drenched powder keg: Belgians still play a vital economic role in their former colony; former Soviet Union KGB funnel blood diamonds out of the country; North Koreans and Iranians search for black market uranium; al-Qaeda wants a foothold in Africa; Hezbollah operatives smuggle weapons, and corrupt government officials seek personal gain. Greed governs everyday life and fuels the obliteration of hope for the Congolese.

Russell faces those determined to keep the Congo in utter chaos and he is not about to let that happen. He encounters an old lover, an Israeli Mossad agent, who arrives in the Congo  searching for a missing atomic bomb sold in the early 1970s to South Africa; believed to have been  traded to the former Congo President Mobutu for blood diamonds. Raw emotions from their torrid and never fully forgotten love affair further complicate a mission whose stakes have grown exponentially higher. His mentor, a British Colonel who works for MI6, arrives in Kinshasa to provide much needed assistance and Russell comes into contact with two retired CIA agents who served in the Congo during the 1960s—they teach him more about Africa than he would ever find out and learn on his own.

The focus on stopping the spread of the highest grade of uranium on the world’s black market quickly shifts; as the race is on to track down the loose nuclear weapon first and then control access to the uranium deposits. The fast paced action illustrates the true nature, challenges and complexity of clandestine operations in the Congo and highlights the struggle for stability in modern day Africa.

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Coming Soon | A Soldier’s Service Book – My Father’s Life During WWII

In every family there are stories that are unknown, untold, seldom heard and over time are forgotten.

By Barbara Benke

A Soldier’s Service BookAfter my father passed away on June 25, 2009, my mother handed to me two plastic bags, full of mostly aerogram letters he had written home during his service in World War II to his mother, stepfather, and his brother (who was a Lieutenant in the Army). Over the next six months, I read all of the letters, some of which begin in August, 1941 when he enlisted, right up until he was discharged in January, 1946. Although he initially enlisted with the Army, he was, over the course of the war, assigned not only to the Army, but the Air Force and the Navy. He was stationed (after his initial placement at Camp Borden), in Kingston, Ontario, Pictou and Halifax, Nova Scotia and then on to England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. From Great Britain, the Corps travelled by ship through the Suez Canal to Egypt, Gibraltar, Malta, Arabia, Ceylon, Hong Kong, Manila, Guam, and finally as the war ended he came home through Pearl Harbour and British Columbia. Growing up, and even as an adult, I was unaware that my father had travelled to most of these places.

In every family there are stories that are unknown, untold, seldom heard and over time are forgotten. While reading through all of his correspondence, I could not help but feel that there was an interesting story and an important one to share with my family. I did not want to see that story lost so I decided to undertake making this book a reality. My hope with this book is to share, through my father’s correspondence and other documents and details handed down to me, a vignette of his life at a time of great personal discovery and also a time of historic and national significance. Military service and travel are both strong catalysts for changing a person. The effect is even more pronounced when the two are joined together in a wartime environment. What follows in this book provides a picture, a snapshot if you will, of that period and of a young man coming to terms with his relationship with his mother and of his discovery of the woman who became the love of his life.

About Barbara (Shugart) Benke

Barbara was born in Kingston, Ontario, just as her father Ross began Dental School at the University of Toronto in September of 1946. She grew up in Islington with her two younger brothers, Ken and Paul, and graduated from Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, and subsequently Business College. After working for more than twenty years as a paralegal, she changed careers and became a Certified Financial Planner with Investors Group for the past twenty-five years, where she has helped many clients achieve their personal financial goals. She has two daughters, Karen and Andrea, and three grandchildren, Rachel, Olivier and Jeremy.

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Profiles in Patriotic Leadership

Profiles in Patriotic Leadership

The ebook and paperback is available now from Greg Slavonic, author of Leadership In Action

“Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”

– Harry S. Truman

Profiles in Patriotic LeadershipLeadership is a word heard in the news every day.

It has received more emphasis in the past four years than ever before due to what some would say a failure of leadership by many in positions of authority within our government and corporate America.

The need for leadership has perhaps never been more important than it is today.

Leaders who come from a military career or have previously served in the military have a perspective on how to lead and how to be effective. In the military, when a person is given the responsibility to lead, he or she does exactly that – they lead.

Those serving under them can trust and believe in what they say. Their word is their bond.

Today we need such honesty… we need such faith and trust… more importantly we need our leaders to do the job required of them.

That’s what this book is about. ORDER NOW

 Contributors (alphabetically):

Brian T. Costello, Captain, U.S.Navy (Retired)

D. Kevin Elliott, Master Chief, U.S. Navy

Thomas F. Hall, former Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower & Reserve Affairs)

Steve Valley, Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Reserve

John Wagner, Major, U.S. Army Reserve

Donald J. Wetekam, Lieutenant General, USAF (Retired)

Rob Wray, Rear Admiral, U.S.Navy

James G. Zumwalt, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

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In the News | Author, Jim Zumwalt’s son receives Bronze Star

From Dennis Lowery |

James E. Zumwalt receiving the Bronze Star

James E. Zumwalt receiving the Bronze Star

I am very proud to announce that my good friend and author, Jim Zumwalt‘s, son James was recently awarded the Bronze Star.

James, who left the service last year and now works for a defense contractor, served two tours in Iraq with EOD teams that were routinely exposed to sniper fire and deadly explosives. His citation reads: “for exceptionally meritorious service in Iraq in 2010 with a Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team.”

James is the fourth generation of Zumwalt’s to receive the Bronze Star. You can read an article on that at:

Bronze Star for four generations of Zumwalt family

 

 

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