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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.

Featured Publication

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.

Featured Publication

#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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Janelle Gatchalian Lor Named Research Fellow

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to announce that Janelle Gatchalian Lor has been promoted to the position of Research Fellow. Ms. Lor is currently assigned to the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory’s Wargaming Division, where she supports experimentation and combat development efforts. In addition to her role as Assistant Support Officer, she recently served as an analyst for the 2012 Naval Services Game, a Navy-Marine Corps wargame examining the challenges of naval force aggregation. Ms. Lor previously held the position of Research Associate at the Institute.

Regarding Ms. Lor's promotion, Mike Lowe, Director of the Institute's Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities, commented, "As the Director of CETO, I have had the privilege of observing Janelle at work within the Institute for a number of years.  Throughout this time she has continued to demonstrate, improve and expand her overall analytical skills.  Simultaneously, her impressive leadership and management abilities have become increasingly evident.  We are thrilled to have an individual of Janelle's caliber on the team supporting the Marine Corps and I look forward to observing her most certain continued success as an Analyst with the Potomac Institute." Ms. Lor said, "It is an honor to be recognized by the Institute's leadership and I am grateful to be considered for this position. I look forward to continuing to work with my talented colleagues in making the Potomac Institute the premier S&T 'think and do' tank.”

Ms. Lor has over a decade of experience providing project management, research and analysis support, and technology assessment to a variety of projects and studies for the Office of Naval Research, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research & Development Center, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force.  Her broad area of work has ranged from small unit operations, experimentation and training to technology transition of successful S&T products.

She has contributed to many of the Institute’s research efforts and technical reports, including Operational Utility Assessment of the Common Ground Joint Capability Technology Demonstration, Counter-Insurgency: Past, Present & Future, New Concepts in Human Systems Integration I & II, Computer Science Futures II, Conflict in the 21st Century: The Rise of Hybrid Wars, Distributed Operations Architecture Study: A Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and U.S. Marine Corps Partnership, Shaping Science and Technology to Serve National Security, Technologically-Based Biodefense, and Defense Microelectronics.

Additionally, Ms. Lor served as Assistant Editor for the 2004-2005 editions of the Review of Policy Research, an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to the dissemination of research and the outcomes and consequences of policy change in domestic and comparative contexts.

Ms. Lor attended the University of Virginia where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political & Social Thought, a Distinguished Majors Program, and a minor in Anthropology.


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