Assignment: Pentagon: How to Excel in a Bureaucracy, 4th Edition

Assignment: Pentagon: How to Excel in a Bureaucracy, 4th Edition

by Daniel M Gerstein, Col. Daniel M Gerstein, USA (Ret.)
     
 

Since the first edition of Assignment: Pentagon was published in 1988, great changes have occurred in the international environment, the application of U.S. national security strategy, and the manner in which the Pentagon functions. Now in its fourth printing and with a coauthor to lend a different perspective, Assignment: Pentagon remains

Overview


Since the first edition of Assignment: Pentagon was published in 1988, great changes have occurred in the international environment, the application of U.S. national security strategy, and the manner in which the Pentagon functions. Now in its fourth printing and with a coauthor to lend a different perspective, Assignment: Pentagon remains the best book for anyone who works for the Pentagon, or for any big bureaucracy for that matter. Eminently readable, Assignment: Pentagon is the essential guide for the newly assigned military person, fresh civilian, and interested outsider to the Pentagon’s informal set of arrangements, networks, and functions that operate in the service and joint service world. From the type of wristwatch one needs to how to succeed on the Joint Staff, the book delivers a wealth of practical advice and helpful hints about surviving the pressures and problems of working in “The Building.” If you’ve been assigned to the Pentagon or are starting work for any large company, you need Assignment: Pentagon.

Editorial Reviews

Marine Corps Gazette

"A wealth of practical information."—Marine Corps Gazette
Armed Forces Journal International

"The kind of information you'd get in an informal conversation with an old Pentagon hand."—Armed Forces Journal International
Naval Institute Proceedings

"All military services should add it to their recommended reading lists."—Naval Institute Proceedings
Airpower Journal

PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS EDITIONS:

“Loaded with anecdotes, management and leadership principles, and get-ahead techniques that can be applied effectively to private as well as public service.”—Airpower Journal

Gen. John A. Wickham

“Should be stamped ‘MUST READ’ and provided to every person headed for a job in the Pentagon.”—Gen. John A. Wickham, USA (Ret.)
Washingtonian

“Unlocks the language and customs of The Building.”—Washingtonian
From the Publisher
"A wealth of practical information."

"The kind of information you'd get in an informal conversation with an old Pentagon hand."

"All military services should add it to their recommended reading lists."

PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS EDITIONS:

“Loaded with anecdotes, management and leadership principles, and get-ahead techniques that can be applied effectively to private as well as public service.”

“Should be stamped ‘MUST READ’ and provided to every person headed for a job in the Pentagon.”

“Unlocks the language and customs of The Building.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597970969
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
06/30/2007
Edition description:
Fourth, Revised
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
338,760
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Maj. Gen. Perry M. Smith worked in the Pentagon for many years and logged extensive operational and leadership experience. He flew more than 180 combat missions during the Vietnam War, including 50 over North Vietnam, and later commanded a wing of F-15s in Germany. He has frequently appeared as a military analyst on CBS, CNN, and National Public Radio.

Colonel Daniel M. Gerstein has served in combat, peace, and humanitarian operations on four continents during his twenty-six-year Army career. In 2004-5, he served as a Military Fellow on the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of numerous publications; his most recent book is Securing America’s Future: National Strategy in the Information Age. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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