On War and Politics: The Battlefield Inside Washington's Beltway

On War and Politics: The Battlefield Inside Washington's Beltway

by Arnold L. Punaro, David Poyer (With)


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On War and Politics: The Battlefield Inside Washington's Beltway by Arnold L. Punaro

After being wounded and awarded the Bronze Star for valor as a Marine infantry platoon commander in Vietnam, Arnold Punaro thought he'd left the battlefield behind. Instead, he redeployed onto the battlefield of Washington politics.

For almost fifty years, he's toiled at the intersection of the political and defense establishments, working with such luminaries as Sam Nunn, John Glenn, John McCain, Colin Powell, Robert Gates, Ash Carter, and many others. Today Democrats, Republicans, and career public officials agree on one thing: few individuals possess the military experience, governmental expertise, and personal integrity of Arnold Punaro.

Partnered with best-selling writer David Poyer, Punaro offers revelations about the most contentious issues of the past and sage advice for the future. From his military service, to his role formulating and overseeing all major defense and intelligence legislation, Punaro reveals how decisions are really made inside the Beltway, providing insights into the actions of presidents since Jimmy Carter and Secretaries of Defense back to James Schlesinger. Unsparing in his criticisms of both parties, whose partisanship is leading our country over a precipice, Punaro presents radical proposals for much-needed reform to save the country for which so many have given their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612519067
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 10/15/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 867,537
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

MajGen ARNOLD L. PUNARO, USMC (RET.), served thirty-five years in uniform, both active and reserve. He spent twenty-four years in the U.S. Senate, becoming staff director of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Currently CEO of a small business, he was a top industry executive and continues to serve on numerous boards and commissions on national security.

Table of Contents

List of Maps ix

Foreword Sen. John Warner xi

Acknowledgments xv

Chapter 1 Ambush at Hill 953 1

Chapter 2 The Early Years 10

Chapter 3 United States Marine Corps 20

Chapter 4 Arrival in Vietnam 26

Chapter 5 Free Fire Zone 37

Chapter 6 Hospital 52

Chapter 7 Back in the Real World 59

Chapter 8 The Order of Battle 69

Chapter 9 The Washington Battlefield 90

Chapter 10 In the Belly of the Beast 112

Chapter 11 The Battle Continues 130

Chapter 12 Battles Lost and Won 151

Chapter 13 The Corporations 172

Chapter 14 Citizen Marine 181

Chapter 15 The Outside Influencers 190

Chapter 16 Lessons Learned 208

Notes 217

Bibliography 235

Index 239

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