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A thoroughly updated edition of the highly acclaimed guide for those newly assigned to the Pentagon. Written for both the layman and the new insider, this book is for anyone interested in how the Defense Department works. It has been selected by the Association of the U.S. Army for its distinguished book series. Retired USAF Major General Smith authored How CNN Fought The War. Maps.
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A thoroughly updated edition of the highly acclaimed guide for those newly assigned to the Pentagon. Written for both the layman and the new insider, this book is for anyone interested in how the Defense Department works. It has been selected by the Association of the U.S. Army for its distinguished book series. Retired USAF Major General Smith authored How CNN Fought The War. Maps.
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A "survival guide" for the new Dept. of Defense insider and for the curious civilian. Examines the realities and myths associated with the Pentagon (for example, the author points out that not everyone in Pentagon is so busy that there is no time to plan), truisms, difficult bosses, and rivalry and competition. Paper edition (unseen) $15.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Introduction 3
2 The Pentagon: Realities and Myths 7
3 Rules of Thumb: Helpful Hints on How to Get Ready to Work, Survive, and Thrive 16
4 Pentagon Truisms 38
5 The Strange Language of the Puzzle Palace 57
6 Where Were You When the Page Was Blank?: The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Action Officer 73
7 The Branch and Division Chiefs: A Forgotten Breed 89
8 Flag Officers, Senior Civilians, and Political Appointees: The Need for Leadership 98
9 Difficult Bosses 116
10 Operating in the Tank: A View from the Inner Sanctum 122
11 The Joint Staff 129
12 The Office of the Secretary of Defense 143
13 The Complex Pattern of Rivalry and Competition 154
14 The Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System 160
15 Working with Defense Contractors 167
16 Some of the Fudge Factory's Deficiencies 172
17 Some Pentagon Freebies and Pleasures to Investigate 176
18 Interviewing 181
19 How to Give and Receive Briefings in the Pentagon 186
20 Phrases to Avoid 192
21 A Scholar's View of the Pentagon 195
22 Military Ethics in the Pentagon 203
23 Future Shock: Pentagon Changes Through the Year 2000 209
App. A. Annotated Bibliography 216
App. B. Sample Welcome Letter 219
App. C. Transition into the Pentagon Checklist 221
App. D. Interview Checklist: Some Questions to Expect 224
App. E. The Heartbreak of House Hunting 226
App. F. Family, Cultural, Academic, and Job Opportunities 235
App. G. Glossary 242
App. H. Maps 255
Index 261
About the Author 271
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2000

    Headed for DC? Read the book!

    This is a great book. If you're headed there, you'll find real-world survival tips. If you're intrigued by the place, you'll get a good, honest take on the inner workings. Not too cynical, no rah rah. Just the facts. If you are a leader/supervisor/manager in government service or the military, read everything Perry Smith has written.

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