Colonel Paul Barber served for several years as a Team Chief in the National Military Command Center, responsible for Crisis Management for the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; an environment where interaction with the White House, State Department, Intelligence Agencies and other governmental entities was a daily occurrence. In a subsequent assignment to the U.S. State Department, Barber served as Senior Military Representative for Crisis Management, representing the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs in providing critical expertise and support to the Secretary of State.During a military assignment to North Africa, Barber lived and worked among the Moroccan people where he gained valuable knowledge and understanding of Muslims, their religion, customs, and value system. His later in-depth study of Islamic terrorism instilled another level of understanding of the Muslim people. The author's total life experiences have enabled him to present, in "CrossHairs," a scenario of realism that is not only comprehensible and conceivable in America today, but also predictable. Colonel Barber, a 27-year Air Force veteran, commanded a flying unit during the Vietnam War, completing over 200 combat support missions. He stood cockpit Alert during the Cuban Missile Crisis and flew over 3,500 hours during the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Barber holds both Bachelor and Master's Degrees and is a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is a retired financial advisor now living near his family in East Texas.
America in the CrossHairs: President Virginia Clausen's Dilemmaby Paul Barber
288 pages---“America in the CrossHairs” is a bold and timely warning of an America only hours away from destruction. Speculation that Islamic terrorists might sneak nuclear weapons into the United States has given way to reality. The problems begin on Inauguration Day for President Virginia Clausen, as terrorists begin/i>
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288 pages---“America in the CrossHairs” is a bold and timely warning of an America only hours away from destruction. Speculation that Islamic terrorists might sneak nuclear weapons into the United States has given way to reality. The problems begin on Inauguration Day for President Virginia Clausen, as terrorists begin blackmailing America. The world's nuclear powers join with the terrorists, demanding America’s capitulation. When suicide bombers hit Washington, D.C., Americans begin fleeing the cities. President Clausen escapes aboard Air Force One; the Secretary of Defense hurriedly moves his Pentagon Crisis Team to the National Airborne Operations Center. Using teleconferencing, President Clausen and her National Security Council meet throughout the night. However, time is running out and they remain at odds over what to do—Surrender or go to war?
“A story more probable than fiction, CrossHairs holds the reader to the very end…and what an ending! Paul Barber reveals just how close and how real the enemies of America are. An intriguing novel saturated with deep insight into those bent on destroying our nation.”
***** W. Langston Kerr, Ph.D., Professor and Dean, College of Education, Stephen F. Austin State University
“CrossHairs is a riveting tale of modern American defense. Barber's ‘insider’ understanding of how the nation remains alert will keep you up late turning the pages.”
***** Archie P. McDonald, Ph.D., Professor of History, Stephen F. Austin State University. Author of, Texas: A Compact History; and, Back Then: Simple Pleasures and Everyday Heroes.
“CrossHairs, a superb installment in the political apocalypse genre, is sure to strike fear and controversy among 9/11 readers. Barber’s experiences guarantee credibility as he explores the depths of catastrophe possible.”
***** Sue B. Whatley, Ph.D., Professor of English, Stephen F. Austin State University.
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