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***** JOE BUFF'S "VISION 2004" BRIEFING AND UPDATE *****

August, 2004 Library of Congress ISSN number: 1545-7761

Copyright 2004 by Joe Buff, All Rights Reserved.

GREETINGS, FRIENDS AND READERS! I hope you've all been having a great summer. Sorry for the delay in sending out, to you all, this latest issue of the newsletter. (Sadly, a dear friend of mine just down the road here was diagnosed with liver cancer in late spring and recently passed away. As you can imagine, this was very distressing to everyone in our tightly knit neighborhood social group, and it cost me some time getting work done.) But as you'll see by the items in this issue, things have been hopping nicely on several fronts.

I want to thank each of you personally for your feedback and support, which as always helps make the hard work of full-time writing be so gratifying, and so very much fun!

Best regards and warmest wishes, Joe.

PS: Please remember to tell me if your e-mail address changes!!! (Contact info is at the very bottom of this Newsletter.)

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JOE BUFF IS MADE HONORARY SEABEE --

I'm both proud and delighted to have been made an Honorary Life Associate Member of the Navy Seabee Veterans of America (NSVA), a nationwide association of Seabees who have served in all eras, from W.W.II up the present in Afghanistan and Iraq. Seabees are the U.S. Navy's combat engineering and construction force, whose motto is "We build, we fight." My membership card in the NSVA was presented at the 2004 National Convention of the NSVA, in Davisville, Rhode Island -- original home of the Seabees in W.W.II, now a museum -- on August 6. (My late father was a Seabee, based on Guam, from 1946 through 1951.) Beginning last year, I've been a participant in Operation Seabees Knowledge, a volunteer grassroots effort to gain broader recognition for the Seabees of all eras (see SeabeesInfoHQ.org for lots of kewl information). My next book, STRAITS OF POWER, includes an exciting sequence of near-future Seabees in combat defending America's way of life. ...CAN DO!

JOE'S "STRAITS OF POWER" NEARS ITS NOVEMBER 9 RELEASE DATE --

My next submarine warfare novel, the fifth in the Captain Jeffrey Fuller series, titled STRAITS OF POWER, has completed the manuscript's copy editing phase. This is one of the last steps before hardcover copies of the book go into production. The specific plot of STRAITS OF POWER is embargoed by Wm. Morrow for now. But I can say that this fifth book will demand the very utmost from Jeffrey Fuller in command leadership, personal courage, and innovative combat skills, as the war against the Berlin-Boer Axis in 2012 rages on and spreads further across the global canvas. Fresh new technology, many new friends and enemies, and frightening new international relations will test Captain Fuller -- and his crew and attached SEAL team -- to the absolute limit!

"TIDAL RIP" NEARS PAPERBACK RELEASE ON OCTOBER 26 --

Praise for TIDAL RIP from NY Times Bestselling Authors:

"Superbly researched and well-written, Joe Buff's novels are the creme de la creme of submarine thrillers." --Stephen Coonts

"A creative thriller of what might come to pass. Joe Buff takes the reader through a labyrinth of action and high adventure. A rare thriller, highly entertaining." --Clive Cussler

"TIDAL RIP delivers fascinating technical detail, white-knuckle undersea action, and a premise that's frighteningly possible. If you want a hair-raising trip to the bottom of the ocean, Joe Buff's the guy to take you there." --Patrick Robinson

See cover of TIDAL RIP:

http://www.joebuff.com/books.htm

Read more about TIDAL RIP:

http://www.joebuff.com/book04.htm

COME JOIN JOE'S "SUB PEN" VIRTUAL TALK AND CALL-IN SHOW --

The Sub Pen meets most Tuesdays, from 9pm to midnight East Coast time. The next few meetings are August 24 and September 28.

For details click on the button "Sub Pen Chat Room" on the top-left of

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New "Sub Pen" Privacy Policy: No transcripts will be kept.

AND NOW, FOR SOME OF JOE'S RECENT PROFESSIONAL NON-FICTION WORK --

PRESENT AT THE CHISTENING OF AMERICA'S NEWEST NUCLEAR SUB...

AN ESSAY, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON MILITARY.COM:

"USS Jimmy Carter: SSN-23"

The fifth of June, 2004, was a very big day for the U.S. Navy and the Silent Service, and for America. At the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics in Groton, CT, one of the most advanced nuclear submarines yet conceived was formally christened. This ship is named Jimmy Carter, after our country's thirty-ninth president. (Yes, nuclear submarines are properly called "ships," though the older term "boat" is still often used, with affection.) Purists will know that, until further construction work is complete and Jimmy Carter is commissioned as an active warship in another major ceremony, she's more properly referred to as "PCU," instead of USS, for Prospective Commissioning Unit. But christenings are festive occasions, and nobody stood on fine points of nomenclature. My wife and I were privileged to attend. This essay will offer some of my personal impressions and observations flowing from the event.

Read more:

http://www.joebuff.com/essay48.htm

SOME HARD THINKING ABOUT THE NEW-AGE NUCLEAR THREAT...

AN ESSAY, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON MILITARY.COM:

"Too Many Nuke Blind Spots "

The fight against nuclear weapons proliferation rages on, with words and in secret laboratories. This is perhaps the most dangerous campaign in the Global War on Terror, because a small but coordinated nuke attack could in one searing moment cost the American population more lives that our economy lost jobs in the latest recession. Though progress is being made on the rogue nuke front, much of that progress merely shows how widespread and persistent the threat truly is. The greatest risk is that we fail to see and fix the blind spots in our own thinking.

Read More:

http://www.joebuff.com/essay46.htm

AN ESSAY, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON MILITARY.COM:

"Duck and Cover?"

Rogue nukes are still in the news. Those of us old enough to remember the "duck and cover" drills held in schools in the early Cold War must be having a creepy sense of deja vu. For readers who never experienced first-hand that special feeling of panic or futility at diving beneath their desks upon Teacher's command, let me explain: Duck and Cover was supposed to help you not be killed in a nuclear war. Get down, under something that could protect you in case of building collapse, and cover your face, to try to avoid third-degree flash burns and permanent blindness - and you just might be okay. Radioactive fallout from nearby or distant mushroom clouds? That's what well-stocked public or backyard bomb shelters were for.

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http://www.joebuff.com/essay47.htm

JOE BUFF'S READERMAIL PRIVACY POLICY --

I consider all your messages to me to be personal.

I promise to respond to each of them individually.

No readermails will be published in my Newsletter or posted to my website.

JOE BUFF'S NON-FICTION "BOOK PICKS" --

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Ahead flank, aye! ...Joe.

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Joe Buff's books (with review excerpts):
TIDAL RIP --"White-knuckle, hair raising"
CRUSH DEPTH --"Far above the standard"
THUNDER IN THE DEEP --"Out-Clancys Clancy"
DEEP SOUND CHANNEL --"Superb"
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