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ISBN: 978-0-826-22194-0

“The Army claims that its purpose is to fight and win the nation’s wars. Yet the past three decades--since the end of the Cold War--have proven that the Army is only capable of fighting and winning the nation’s battles. Fighting and winning battles requires killing people and breaking things to impose one’s will on an opponent’s military. In these activities, since the end of the Korean War, the Army has proven itself without peer. But winning wars requires more than winning battles; it also requires using violence or the threat thereof to impose one’s will on an opponent’s government and people. And in these activities--again, since the end of the Korean War--the U.S. Army has proven itself largely incompetent.”

Lessons Unlearned: The U.S. Army's Role in Creating the Forever Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is a stark indictment of the senior leaders of the U.S. Army--from the 1990s to today--for its stubborn refusal to acknowledge the end of the Cold War and prepare itself for the future of almost exclusively low-intensity conflicts that they themselves acknowledge was coming.

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Lessons Unlearned, published by the University Press of Missouri was released in February 2020. 

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ISBN: 978-1-631-44056-4

“In the shadow of yet another war taking shape in the Middle East—this time against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—it is vitally important to understand how the American public is convinced by its leaders to go to war. In Iraq, in 2003, the Bush administration used a simplistic ideology (the War on Terrorism) and lies and half-truths (Saddam Hussein’s supposed nuclear program) to convince the overwhelming majority of Americans to support the disastrous invasion of Iraq. Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson used this same pattern—a simplistic ideology (Cold War containment) and lies and half-truths (the supposed attacks by North Vietnam against U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin)—to convince the American people to fight a war in South Vietnam that eventually cost over 50,000 American lives. During the Vietnam War, however, the President’s lies and half-truths ultimately doomed his war policy.”

Containment and Credibility: The Ideology and Deception that Plunged America into the Vietnam War is a compelling account of the domestic political debate over the Vietnam War. It follows the evolution of the argument between successive administrations, the press, academia, the Congress, and antiwar activists as they struggled to move public opinion about the war.

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Containment and Credibility, published by Carrel Books (an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing), was released in November 2016. 

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ISBN: 978-1-605-90777-2

“Iraq in 2009 was a strange netherworld, not quite war but not yet peace. The country teetered on the threshold of great change--the impending national elections and the promised withdrawal of all US combat forces. These changes would usher in either an era of irreversible stability or a return to the sectarian carnage that nearly destroyed Iraq in 2006. It was during this period of uncertainty that Task Force Patriot arrived to take over as the last US combat force to occupy Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit.”

Task Force Patriot and the End of Combat Operations in Iraq Tells the story of an artillery-turned-infantry battalion that arrived in Iraq in late summer 2009 to take over as the last US combat force in Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit and its eleventh-hour struggle to overcome resistance from insurgents, intransigent Iraqi politicians, and, occasionally, the US interagency team to solve the last unsettled problem of the Iraq war, the sectarian divide.

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Task Force Patriot, published by Government Institutes Press (an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield), was released on 15 December 2011. 

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ISBN: 978-0-615-43267-0

In Operation Iraqi Freedom, insurgent and terrorist groups have demonstrated the capability to use small, relatively insignificant tactical attacks, amplified through the megaphone of the media, to dramatic effect on the will of the American public to prosecute the war.  This capability has neutralized the overwhelming advantage the US military has in firepower in Iraq by bypassing it completely.  Recent trends (including Israel’s abortive war in Lebanon in 2006) suggest that this capability is proliferating and will characterize every enemy the US military faces for the foreseeable future.  Left unchecked, this capability will weaken the United States’ ability to project military power for all but the most finite, decisive future conflicts.

This is ProSIM's first e-book title and Pat's first full-length book.  This book is the culmination of over two and a half years of study of the US military, the insurgency, and the media in Iraq, including lessons learned from Pat's first six-month tour in Iraq working on the front lines of the media war.

Media War: The Media-Enabled Insurgency in Iraq is available in two convenient formats.

In addition to the Kindle itself, Amazon Kindle software is also available free for your PC.  This software is also available as a free app on a number of other devices, including the iPhone and Android-based devices.

Google eBooks, once purchased can be viewed from any device.  On your PC, the book is viewed via your web browser without any special software.  Google Books also offers a free app on a number of other devices, including the iPhone and Android-based devices.

ISBN: 978-0-470-59889-4

So, you’ve decided to serve your country. Before you can raise your hand and swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution, there is one big hurdle in your path, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). You must especially do well on the Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT), the four key subtests of the ASVAB that the services use to measure you against your fellow recruits.

First, you'll determine exactly how much time you have left to prepare for the exam. Then, you'll turn to the two-month, one-month, or one-week cram plan for week-by-week and day-by-day schedules of the best way to focus your study according to your unique timeline.

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