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2020 / 2021 ASVAB For Dummies

2020 / 2021 ASVAB For Dummies

Author: Angie Papple Johnston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2020

Score your highest on the ASVAB Year after year, ASVAB For Dummies has been the #1 ASVAB test-prep book on the market. And now it's been expanded and improved for 2020/2021! Packed with practice questions, the book provides an in-depth review of every subtest, strategy cheat sheets, proven study tips and test taking-tactics, as well as three full-length practice tests and two AFQT practice tests to help prepare you for exam day. - Score high and qualify for the military job you want - Boost your math, science, and English performance - Review all nine subject areas to prepare for test day - Study with completely updated Auto & Shop and Mechanical Comprehension content If you're a military hopeful looking to set yourself up for the best career possible, this book is the key to unlocking your full potential.

Scandal On Plum Island A Commander Becomes the Accused

Scandal On Plum Island A Commander Becomes the Accused

Author: Marian E. Lindberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2020

A Navy Admiral's Bronze Rules Managing Risk and Leadership

A Navy Admiral's Bronze Rules Managing Risk and Leadership

Author: David Oliver Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2020

A Navy Admiral's Bronze Rules uses case studies to explore the inherent risks of leadership and the tools available to those who nevertheless wish to take those chances. Real world examples are used and inevitably expose hitherto unrevealed history. The latter includes a secret of the Yom Kippur War, the background of the 1986 bloodless revolution in the Philippines, how Admiral Bud Zumwalt was such a unique Chief of Naval Operations, why our National War Plan suddenly had to be revised during the Reagan years and what spurred President Clinton's anti-nuclear proliferation success.

Petty Officer's Guide

Petty Officer's Guide

Author: Paul Kingsbury, Daniel Richard Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2020

This 1st Edition of Petty Officer's Guide is written and edited by Petty Officers for Petty Officers. It is designed to ensure Navy Petty Officers are ready to fight and win wars at sea, on land, and in cyberspace by exposing junior Petty Officers to innovative and modern leadership methodologies. It closes the loop in the United States Naval Institute's Professional Reading series and increases the amount of modern naval literature on the U.S. Navy Petty Officer. It was written to compliment the U.S. Navy Bluejacket's Manual, Chief Petty Officer's Guide, and Division Officer's Guide. Serving as the premiere leadership guide to junior Navy Petty Officers, it enhances development processes and tools such as the Navy Leader Development Framework, Education for Sea Power, Sailor 360, and Navy Petty Officer Selectee Leadership courses. Furthermore, it reinforces modern lines of effort identified in the Chief of Naval Operations' Design for Maritime Superiority and promotes the development of innovative leaders and strategic thinkers. It has also been written to expand the target audience that falls outside the junior Navy Petty Officer corps, primarily, serving as Work Center Supervisors, Assistant Leading Petty Officers, and Leading Petty Officers, but officers, civilian managers, foreign naval officers and enlisted personnel, and sister-service enlisted personnel are also key audience targets. This guide provides unique insights into the values, beliefs, attitudes, and skills which enable the success of naval leaders, how Petty Officers can use power bases, influence tactics, and managerial skills to achieve objectives, and how to influence their peers in support of organizational objectives to achieve the mission accomplishment. Like The Bluejacket's Manual, this guide should be an essential part of an American Sailor's sea bag.

SAC Time A Navigator in the Strategic Air Command

SAC Time A Navigator in the Strategic Air Command

Author: Thomas E. Alexander Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2020

Thomas E. Alexander was among 20,000 military service personnel ordered into the Strategic Air Command, formed in 1946 as US military and political leaders began to understand the growing nuclear threat posed by Stalin's USSR. Alexander served for a number of years in this elite force, designed as a primary deterrent to Soviet military ambitions.In this gripping memoir, Alexander describes what it was like to occupy a 'mole hole' beside a SAC runway, ready to go from full sleep to taxiing for takeoff within seven minutes of the sounding of the klaxon. He shares the experience of sitting on the couch with his family and watching President Kennedy's announcement of the discovery of Soviet missiles in Cuba, realizing that within hours he would be airborne. He tells what it was like to be at a New Year's Eve party on the base, only to hear the announcement that his unit had just been activated. Less than twenty-four hours later, he was in Greenland. In SAC Time: Navigating the Strategic Air Command, Alexander presents 'an honest and reflective account of the impact the Cold War had on individuals who were then on the front lines of defense - like it or not.' Coauthor Dan Utley says of Alexander's narrative, 'The story of an ordinary individual in extraordinary times has value. . . . These are stories Tom Alexander has waited much of his life to share with others, but they are as rich as the day they occurred.'

General de Kalb, Lafayette's Mentor

General de Kalb, Lafayette's Mentor

Author: A. E. Zucker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2020

Originally published in 1966, A. E. Zucker presented the first modern biography of General de Kalb, a German by birth who held the rank of major general in the Continental Army and died at the Battle of Camden during the American Revolutionary War. Through the use of previously unpublished materials, Zucker's biography challenged previous views of de Kalb and depicts his relationship with Lafayette.

Battle for Crete

Battle for Crete

Author: John Hall Spencer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2020

After two years' extensive research the author has written a thorough account of the political and military background to the German invasion of Crete and the bitter fighting that followed the first airborne assault on an island in history. The book tells of confused negotiations between the British and Greek governments; the misunderstandings between Winston Churchill's War Cabinet and commanders in the field; the near capture of the King of Greece; the lack of preparation by the defenders and the suppression of a critical post-battle report by General Wavell. There are vivid individual accounts of the fighting both during the invasion and the subsequent campaign and ultimate retreat and evacuation. The Royal Navy and RAF's contribution is well documented as are the roles of the German air force. Crete was a 'close run' campaign fought with aggression by both sides.

US Soldier vs German Soldier Salerno, Anzio, and Omaha Beach, 1943-44

US Soldier vs German Soldier Salerno, Anzio, and Omaha Beach, 1943-44

Author: Chris McNab Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2020

During World War II, the US Army and its allies faced a formidable challenge: the need to assault Hitler's 'Fortress Europe' from the sea. As a result, during 1941-45, the US Army had to add amphibious assault to its list of combat capabilities. Officers and troops from across the US Armed Forces had to develop the techniques and technologies to assault the coasts of Axis-occupied Europe, from logistics to beach assault and beachhead consolidation, and more. In order to win and hold a contested beachhead in the face of bitter enemy resistance, the amphibious-warfare specialists played a variety of essential battlefield roles; if the US troops could not establish a beachhead quickly, they risked being thrown back into the sea. For their part, the Germans had to devise a practical defensive doctrine that made the most of the limited resources and troops available and the terrain. The German infantry defenders immediately around the landing areas had to be able to call upon support from nearby artillery, mechanized troops, and armoured forces to have a chance of containing the enemy beachhead. This illustrated study analyses the specialist beach-landing troops involved in three key battles - the Allied amphibious landings at Salerno and Anzio in Italy, and Omaha Beach in Normandy - focusing upon the US Army's various types of beach-assault specialists and their German opponents, whose combat experience and effectiveness varied considerably. Each of the three featured battles is then examined in detail, exploring how the Germans made defensive preparations; how the US troops planned to overcome them; and the immediate actions undertaken by the US amphibious specialists and their German opponents both during and following the main assault landings.

Dutch Waffen-SS Legion & Brigade 1941-44

Dutch Waffen-SS Legion & Brigade 1941-44

Author: Massimiliano Afiero Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2020

Goebbels' 1941 propaganda campaign to present Germany's invasion of the USSR as a battle for European civilization against Asian barbarism convinced many men in occupied 'Germanic' European countries, such as Scandinavia and the Low Countries, to volunteer to fight on the Russian Front. One of the strongest national legions of such a kind was raised in the Netherlands, where it was supported by a large pro-Nazi movement led by Anton Mussert. The 3,000-man Netherlands Volunteer Legion fought on the Leningrad front in regimental strength, from the Red Army's winter 1941/42 counter-offensive until April 1943. The survivors were then reinforced to form a 5,500-strong Panzergrenadier Brigade, and after anti-partisan service in Croatia, they returned to Army Group North as part of Steiner's III SS Panzer Korps, fighting in the most arduous battles of 1943-44 until driven back into Pomerania. In the final months of the war the division formed the nucleus of the new 23rd SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division 'Nederland'. In this illustrated study of the Dutch Waffen-SS Legion and Brigade, specialist Massimiliano Afiero explores the full history of this important formation from its establishment in 1941 until it was incorporated into the 'Nederland' Division in 1944. Contemporary photographs and full-colour illustrations support the text and reveal key details including aspects of uniform and insignia.

Combat Vehicles of Russia's Special Forces Spetsnaz, Airborne, Arctic and Interior Troops

Combat Vehicles of Russia's Special Forces Spetsnaz, Airborne, Arctic and Interior Troops

Author: Mark Galeotti Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2020

Elite forces need elite vehicles. As Vladimir Putin has devoted effort and funds into modernising Russia's armed forces and turning them into an instrument geared not just for defending the Motherland but also projecting power beyond its borders, Russia has seen a growing emphasis on special and specialist forces. Traditionally, the elite Spetsnaz commandos had to make do with regular vehicles or civilian-based 'technicals', not least to conceal their presence (or, indeed, very existence). Now, increasingly at the forefront of Russian power projection, the Spetsnaz are acquiring more capable, versatile vehicles, such as the paratroopers' BTR-D personnel carrier, and also experimenting with exotic, specialist new acquisitions, such as the Chaborz M-3 buggy and Yamaha Grizzly all-terrain vehicle. The other elite branches of Russia's forces, such as the Arctic-warfare troops of the 200th Independent Motor Rifle Brigade, the paratroopers of the Air Assault Troops (VDV), the Naval Infantry, and the elite units of the security forces are also developing and fielding new vehicles for their specialist roles, from combat snowmobiles to urban-warfare vehicles. From highly-mobile LMVs able to operate in the deserts of Syria or the streets of Ukraine, through dedicated fire-support vehicles such as the air-droppable Sprut-SD or the massive BMPT 'Terminator', to amphibious tanks and drone-equipped security trucks, these are the workhorses of Russia's special forces. This study explores all these combat vehicles in detail, combining expert analysis from Russia expert Mark Galeotti with highly accurate full-colour illustrations and photographs.

Understanding Insurgent Resilience Organizational Structures and the Implications for Counterinsurgency

Understanding Insurgent Resilience Organizational Structures and the Implications for Counterinsurgency

Author: Andrew Henshaw Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/05/2020

This book examines terrorist and insurgent organisations and seeks to understand how such groups persist for so long, while introducing a new strategic doctrine for countering these organisations. The work discusses whether familial or meritocratic insurgencies are more resilient to counterinsurgency pressures. It argues that it is not the type of organization that determines resilience, but rather the efficiency functions of social capital and trust, which have different natures and forms, within them. It finds that while familial insurgencies can challenge incumbents from the start, they weaken over time, whereas meritocracies will generally strengthen. The book examines four of the most enduring and lethal insurgent organizations: the Haqqani Network in Afghanistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan, Jemaah Islamiyah in Indonesia, and the Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines. The author breaks down each group into its formative strengths and vulnerabilities and presents a bespoke model of strategic counterintelligence that can be used to manipulate, degrade and destroy each organization. This book will be of much interest to students of counterinsurgency, terrorism, intelligence, security and defence studies in general.

Containing Tehran Understanding Iran's Power and Exploiting Its Vulnerabilities

Containing Tehran Understanding Iran's Power and Exploiting Its Vulnerabilities

Author: Seth G. Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2020

Following the U.S. killing of Qasem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF), the United States and Iran are involved in an escalating conflict. What is badly needed now is a coherent long-term U.S. strategy to deal with Iran in ways that protect U.S. national security and leverage U.S. partners. The United States' maximum pressure campaign has not led to a change in Iran's behavior-at least not yet-though U.S. sanctions have severely damaged Iran's economy. As this CSIS report highlights with new data and analysis, the IRGC-QF has supported a growing number of non-state fighters in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and Pakistan-including nearly a 50 percent increase since 2016. Thanks to Iran, these forces are better equipped with more sophisticated weapons and systems. This report also uses satellite imagery to identify an expansion of IRGC-QF-linked bases in countries like Iran and Lebanon to train non-state fighters. Iran has constructed more sophisticated and longer-range ballistic and cruise missiles and conducted missile attacks against countries like Saudi Arabia. In addition, Iran has developed offensive cyber capabilities and used them against the United States and its partners. In the nuclear arena, Iran has ended commitments it made to limit uranium enrichment, production, research, and expansion-raising the prospect of Iranian nuclear weapons. Moving forward, the United States should implement a containment strategy against Iran that attempts to de-escalate the current military situation and work toward achieving several goals: Prevent Iran from becoming a regional hegemon capable of dominating other states in the Middle East. Stop nuclear proliferation in the region and prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, including thwarting Iran from pursuing weapons-grade uranium enrichment, warhead development, and plutonium reprocessing. Curb significant Iranian military, political, and ideological expansion in the region, including the export of Iran's revolutionary ideology. Encourage a process of change inside Iran toward a more pluralistic political and economic system in which the power of the clerical establishment is gradually reduced. This report highlights a range of weaknesses that make Iran vulnerable to containment and lays out the political, military, economic, and informational components of such a strategy. The United States needs to credibly demonstrate that its policy toward Iran is not a blueprint for an endless struggle, but instead an effort to encourage Iran to be more democratic and open, as political and economic change must be driven by Iranians themselves.