Featured Publication

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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