Command Decision

Author: William Wister Haines
Publisher: RosettaBooks
ISBN: 0795336632
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“This taut, continuously engrossing novel of an American bomber command based in England packs a solid impact from its first page.” – The New York Times (Jan. 5, 1947) “Rare it is that a piece of fiction smacks the reader between the eyes with conviction that it has burst spontaneously from the narrator’s brain and is a story that HAD to be told.” – Chicago Tribune (Jan. 5, 1947) Leader of an elite team of American heavy bomber planes, General Casey Dennis of the US Air Force is sent to England during the height of World War II—and orders his pilots deep into German territory in order to disrupt production of the Luftwaffe’s fighter jets. Forced to balance the safety of his crew against the lives of thousands of Allied troops ahead of D-Day, and plagued by political interference pressuring him to attack less dangerous targets, General Dennis must make agonizing life-and-death decisions—with the outcome of the war, and the future of the Air Force, in the balance. A fascinating fictional account of the USAAF bombings of Germany during World War II, this international bestseller takes a close, suspenseful look at the demands faced by generals forced to send their troops on desperate, deadly missions. This book was the basis for a movie of the same name, starring Clark Gable. A former US intelligence officer during World War II, author William Wister Haines lends an intensity to the prose informed by firsthand experience.

Engaging The Enemy

Author: Elizabeth Moon
Publisher: Del Rey
ISBN: 0345491009
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For fans of fast-paced adventure and compelling characters, the military science fiction of Nebula Award—winning author Elizabeth Moon is the perfect choice. The brilliantly unorthodox Kylara Vatta, black-sheep scion of Vatta Transport Ltd., one of the galaxy’s wealthiest merchant houses, is a heroine like no other, blessed with a killer instinct for business and for battle. Now, in the aftermath of cold-blooded assassinations that have left her parents dead and the Vatta shipping empire shattered, Kylara faces her greatest challenge yet. There is a time for grief and a time for revenge. This is decidedly the latter. Placing her cousin Stella in command of the trading vessel Gary Tobai, Ky embarks aboard the captured pirate ship Fair Kaleen on a twofold mission: to salvage the family business and to punish those responsible for the killings . . . before they strike again. Since the network providing instantaneous communication between star systems has been sabotaged, news is hard to come by and available information impossible to trust. But as she travels from system to system, with Stella a step behind, Ky pieces together the clues and discovers a conspiracy of terrifying scope, breathtaking audacity, and utter ruthlessness. The only hope the independent systems and merchants have against this powerful enemy is to band together. Unfortunately, because she commands a ship known to belong to a notorious pirate–her own relative Osman Vatta, whom she killed for his part in her parents’ deaths–Ky is met with suspicion, if not outright hostility. Rumors swirl about her intent, her very identity. Soon even Stella begins to question her cousin’s decisions and her authority to make them. Meanwhile, the conspiracy Ky hunts is hunting her in turn, with agents insinuated into every space station, every planetary government, every arm of the military, and every merchant house–including her own. Before she can take the fight to the enemy, Kylara must survive a deadly minefield of deception and betrayal. From the Hardcover edition.

Command Decision

Author: Elizabeth Moon
Publisher: Del Rey
ISBN: 0345498089
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With the Vatta’s War series, award-winning author Elizabeth Moon has claimed a place alongside such preeminent writers of military science fiction as David Weber and Lois McMaster Bujold. Now Moon is back–and so is her butt-kicking, take-no-prisoners heroine, Kylara Vatta. Once the black-sheep scion of a prosperous merchant family, Kylara now leads a motley space force dedicated to the defeat of a rapacious pirate empire led by the mysterious Gammis Turek. After orchestrating a galaxy-wide failure of the communications network owned and maintained by the powerful ISC corporation, Turek and his marauders strike swiftly and without mercy. First they shatter Vatta Transport. Then they overrun entire star systems, growing stronger and bolder. No one is safe from the pirate fleet. But while they continue to move forward with their diabolical plan, they have made two critical mistakes. Their first mistake was killing Kylara Vatta’s family. Their second mistake was leaving her alive. Now Kylara is going to make them pay. But with a “fleet” consisting of only three ships–including her flagship, the Vanguard, a souped-up merchant cruiser–Kylara needs allies, and fast. Because even though she possesses the same coveted communication technology as the enemy, she has nowhere near their numbers or firepower. Meanwhile, as Kylara’s cousin Stella tries to bring together the shattered pieces of the family trading empire, new treachery is unfolding at ISC headquarters, where undercover agent Rafael Dunbarger, estranged son of the corporation’s CEO, is trying to learn why the damaged network is not being repaired. What he discovers will send shock waves across the galaxy and crashing into Kylara’s newly christened Space Defense Force at the worst possible moment. From the Hardcover edition.

Command Decision

Author: Tom Lohr
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 1457551497
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While escorting supertankers in and out of the Persian Gulf, the crew of the USS Wadsworth is called upon to rescue a stricken naval vessel. Setting sail without the ship’s officers, Ted Lawson becomes the ship’s reluctant de facto commander. With the support of a seasoned crew, Ted must make one command decision after another as the tiny warship takes on the Iranian Air Force and Navy. For the USS Wadsworth, there is only one way out of the Persian Gulf: through the bloody Straits of Hormuz. Against heavy odds, Lawson must make decisions that pit the well-being of those under his command against defending the strategic interests of the United States. With limited ammunition and experience, he knows doing what is expected will be costly.

Carrier Battles

Author: Douglas Smith
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
ISBN: 1612514421
Size: 21.51 MB
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A longtime professor at the Naval War College who once directed strategic and long-range planning for the Navy and Marine Corps in Europe considers the transformation of the U.S. Navy from a defensive-minded coastal defense force into an offensive risk-taking navy in the very early stages of World War II. Noting that none of the navy’s most significant World War II leaders were commissioned before the Spanish-American War and none participated in any important offensive operations in World War I, Douglas Smith examines the premise that education, rather than experience in battle, accounts for that transformation. In this book, Smith evaluates his premise by focusing on the five carrier battles of the second world war to determine the extent to which the inter-war education of the major operational commanders translated into their decision processes, and the extent to which their interaction during their educational experiences transformed them from risk-adverse to risk-accepting in their operational concepts. His book will interest students of the Pacific War, naval aviation, education, and leadership.

Command Decision

Author: S.E. Smith
Publisher: Montana Publishing
ISBN: 1942562721
Size: 75.43 MB
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In a world gone crazy, it is often the humans who are at fault, seeking answers to questions we are not yet ready to understand... Lieutenant Commander Joshua Manson’s focus was on his career which has taken him to many places; just not the one he has always dreamed of going – into space. His sometimes controversial methods during missions gives him the reputation of being a soldier who doesn’t always play by the rules. A summons to Washington, D.C., after a challenging mission, leaves him questioning if he’ll have a career at all; but once there, Josh is surprised when he is offered the chance of a lifetime, to command a mission in space to investigate an unknown object. The more he learns, the more determined he is to lead it, even if it means a one way ticket. Cassa de Rola’s family has lived for centuries in the quiet valley where they farm. Her family has tried to remain untouched by the growing unrest between the intergalactic military forces fighting for control over their planet. All of that changes when an unusual object falls from the sky and Cassa finds a strange male in the container. She knows that taking him in will endanger the lives of everyone close to her, but she can’t leave him defenseless. Now, the military forces on both sides want to discover the origins of the container and its missing contents. When the fight between the Legion and the Gallant Order escalates to all-out war, a new rebel leader emerges from the stars that will change the galaxy, and Cassa’s life, forever.

Command Decisions

Author: Kent Roberts Greenfield
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781519745088
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Decision has always exerted a powerful attraction for the student of military affairs. In the study of decisions in war, whether on the field of battle or in the councils of state, lie the great lessons of the conflicts that have shaped the course of history. These lessons the professional soldier seeks in order to fit himself for the ultimate responsibilities of command; the student of human affairs seeks them to explain past events. The historians writing the history of the United States Army in World War II have had a unique opportunity to study the decisions of that conflict. The response of the Army's schools and colleges, as well as the public, to this aspect of their work emphasized for them the interest of soldier and scholar alike in decision-making in war at various levels of government and command. As research progressed and material with which to illustrate this theme accumulated, it appeared that a book on the subject based on the work already accomplished would be of interest to a variety of readers: This volume is an outgrowth of that idea. It is an analysis of 23 decisions reached by chiefs of state and their military subordinates during World War II. Concerned with important political, strategic, tactical, and logistical questions, they include the invasions of North Africa and Normandy, the use of the atomic bomb, the capture of Rome, the campaigns in the western Pacific, and the internment of Japanese-Americans.

Fireground Command Decision Making Understanding The Barriers Challenging Command Situation Awareness

Author: Richard B. Gasaway
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 0981517307
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Issues surrounding situation awareness (SA) have been implicated in numerous firefighter near-miss and line-of-duty death reports. This study examines a wide variety of potential barriers that impact commander SA, including: mission/goal barriers; attention management, data/information management, and communications barriers; barriers in the areas of command location and support, response time, size-up, incident command and incident management systems (especially at residential dwelling fires); human factors such as physical/mental stress; staffing-related barriers such as workload, crew resource management and team performance.