This novel was written as future history - something that is likely to happen in the near future. An earlier manuscript of this novel was used as a basis for a war game attended by our top generals and completed only months before Iraq invaded Kuwait. I was consulted on that war game and our response to Iraq was partially modified by my input. However, the manuscripts of this book were read by only a few government officials and a few of my close relatives. I was officially told by the Air War College in 1986 that us worrying about military in the Middle East was unrealistic, we would never have involvement of US miitary forces in the Middle East and never face a threat from them. So - I wrote this novel for a public warning that the time is near. While the characters are fiction, the military ramifications are real. I should have published it prior to 9/11, but this novel is only a bare beginning of what may soon be history.
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The author is a retired US Air Force lieutenant colonel and retired US Air Force civil servant. He was a USAF detachment commander, munitions supply officer, nuclear ordnance supply officer, foreign security assistance manager (foreign military sales) over several North African countries, then spent his last 30 years working in acquisition logistics and program management. He had some part in planning most of the new weapons systems that started development during the President Reagan military buildup that brought down the Berlin Wall. He worked on new aircraft and new electronics systems research and development. He was a guest lecturer of acquisition logistics and program management for the Air Force Institute of Technology from 1979 to 1989. During those years with AFIT he worked with many of the graduate students helping them develop their graduate research papers and using graduate thesis papers to help prove his points. He reviewed nearly all the ideas for new systems during those years. The most unclassified and public innovations he had a major hand in were: bringing personal computers out of the hobbiest geek world to the office environment, and the global positioning system. He wrote the specifications for the first major purchases of personal computers for the government which is why IBM compatible are popular instead of Commodore which is now gone. At the time Commodore was the state of the art, but there was only one manufacturer, but anyone could build an IBM compatible. Some of the new weapons in this 1987 novel are nearing reality.
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