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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.
|Publisher:||Naval Institute Press|
|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
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