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A Life at Full Speed:
A Journal of Struggle and Discovery

by Charles M. Herzfeld

Among computer science aficionados, Dr. Charles Herzfeld is affectionately known as the “Godfather of the Internet.” As Director of ARPA, the 1960s forerunner of DARPA (today’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), he was the force behind the development of the ARPANET, which ultimately became the Internet we know today. But what many do not know is the backstory behind this phenomenal achievement. The heady political, cultural and scientific milieu of that time was his element, and he emerged as a true high-tech legend. His numerous awards and honors include induction into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012, with the title of “Pioneer.” Charles Herzfeld’s life story is an iconic American tale. Here, in his own words, is that story.

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Al Gray, Marine: The Early Years, 1950-1967 Vol.1 $29.95   Author: Scott Laidig;   Foreword by General Anthony Zinni, USMC (Ret);   Preface by Dr. John F. Guilmartin, Lt Col, USAF (Ret);   ISBN:978-0-9852483-0-7 Hardback

In this first volume of the authorized Al Gray, Marine biography series, author, Scott Laidig gives a detailed account of Al Gray as a young sergeant in the Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon through his tours with the artillery, the infantry, special operations, and intelligence units through 1967. This work is well-researched and referenced – rich with personal and historical details, images, anecdotes and colorful episodes that bring this remarkable Marine’s experiences to life on the page. Hardbound and Kindle editions are available through Amazon and through our distributor, Baker & Taylor. The paperback edition of Volume 1 is forthcoming, Fall, 2013.

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#CyberDoc: No Borders - No Boundaries

Editors:  Michael Swetnam and Tim Sample

This volume was assembled as a preliminary framework for the development of a national doctrine for the cyber era. The goal is to raise and debate the issues that a doctrine should consider, and to begin identifying a broad framework from which a doctrine might be developed. It is intended to be the start of a critically important discussion on this topic, one that will inform and guide the development of a useful and enduring doctrine, as well as subsequent policies and strategies, for the United States. Hardbound and paperback available on Amazon and through Baker & Taylor distribution.

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Equipment Reset: Getting the Marine Corps Down to Fighting Weight

Equipment Reset: Getting the Marine Corps Down to Fighting Weight.


The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies held a conference, Equipment Reset: Getting the Marine Corps Down to Fighting Weight, on Wednesday, April 17. Event was lead by LtGen William M. Faulkner, USMC, Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics. He discussed the future changes the Marine Corps will be making with downsizing equipment.

The challenges of becoming a lighter and more agile force, while understanding requirements and increased weights and demands, is a daily issue for LtGen William Faulkner, Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics for the U.S. Marine Corps.


On Wednesday, LtGen Faulkner spoke at the Potomac Institute on the urgent need to reset Marine equipment and strengthening the Corps’ preposition forces around the world in the context of rebalancing to the Pacific.

Three specific areas Faulkner mentioned were:

1. Ridding excess equipment

2. Strengthening and sustaining the Maritime Preposition Force.

3. Increasing interdependency and efficiency of the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF)

LtGen Faulkner is also working to strengthen the Corps’ prepositioned forces around the world, exploring ways of lightening equipment loads for individual Marines, and pushing the development of new technologies such as unmanned resupply that can save time, money and lives.

LtGen Faulkner says the Marine Corps is readily capable in adjusting to recent budget cuts, exercising adaptability, and taking an economical approach to future operations.

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