Assignment: Pentagon

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2007 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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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.
 

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I got this book at a training I went to...pretty informative, but a little biased because it was written by a military officer. Contractors really aren't that bad! Read full review

Contents

PREFACE TO THE FOURTH EDITION
1INTRODUCTION
AN INTRODUCTION
2A VIEW OF THE BUILDING
REALITIES AND MYTHS
4PENTAGON TRUISMS
5THE STRANGE LANGUAGE OF THE PUZZLE PALACE
PART IITHE KEY PLAYERS
A VIEW FROM THE INNER SANCTUM
18HOW TO GIVE AND RECEIVE BRIEFINGS IN THE PENTAGON
PART IVENJOYING THE TOUR
HELPFUL HINTS ON HOW TO GET READY TO WORK SURVIVE AND THRIVE
20DIFFICULT BOSSES
21MILITARY ETHICS IN THE PENTAGON
22THE HEARTBREAK OF HOUSE HUNTING
FAMILY PRIORITIES

6WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE PAGE WAS BLANK? THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF THE ACTION OFFICER
A FORGOTTEN BREED
THE NEED FOR LEADERSHIP
9THE SERVICES
10THE JOINT STAFF
11THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
12THE INTERAGENCY ARENA
13WORKING WITH DEFENSE CONTRACTORS
14THE PENTAGONS CONSTITUENTS
PART IIIRUNNING THE PENTAGON
15THE COMPLEX PATTERN OF RIVALRY AND COMPETITION
16UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS AND KEEPING THE GEARS TURNING
23FAMILY CULTURAL ACADEMIC AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES
BACK TO THE FUTURE
APPENDIXES
ARECOMMENDED REFERENCES
BTRANSITION INTO THE PENTAGON CHECKLIST
CINTERVIEWING
DGLOSSARY
EDEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
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