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***** JOE BUFF'S "VISION 2005" BRIEFING AND UPDATE: Summer, 2005 *****

August, 2005 Library of Congress ISSN number: 1545-7761

Copyright © 2005 by Joe Buff, All Rights Reserved.

GREETINGS, FRIENDS AND READERS! I hope you're all having a good, relaxing, and safe summer. A special welcome to new subscribers! This issue will bring you up to date on the impending releases of the STRAITS OF POWER paperback and the SEAS OF CRISIS hardcover; it will also, as in previous issues, provide what I hope you find to be useful and interesting items on naval affairs, national defense, and homeland security. I want to thank all of you personally for your feedback and support, which helped the recent paperback edition of TIDAL RIP hit the Barnes & Noble nationwide bookstore-chain's bestseller list for several weeks, and put the STRAITS OF POWER hardcover into Amazon's Top 10 Men's Adventure Fiction bestseller list for weeks on end too!

A reminder: If your e-mail address changes, please remember to inform me via a new ADD ME submission thru my website, or by an e-mail directly to readermail@joebuff.com.

Much obliged, and best wishes to all, --Joe.

JOE BUFF'S "STRAITS OF POWER" PAPERBACK DUE OUT AUGUST 30, 2005

"I haven't enjoyed this type of book this much since RED OCTOBER came out!" -- Dave (Doc) Kirby, "Book Bit," WTBF-AM/FM, Troy, Alabama

Joe is very pleased to announce that the paperback edition of his most recent hardcover, STRAITS OF POWER, will be available to readers everywhere starting on August 30, 2005. (The actual date on the shelves of individual stores may vary slightly from this.) The STRAITS OF POWER paperback will include at the back a "teaser chapter" from the beginning of Joe's next hardcover, SEAS OF CRISIS, which is scheduled for release on November 29, 2005. Joe's publisher, Morrow/Harper, is following their successful approach from Joe's previous book, TIDAL RIP, and the artwork on the cover of the STRAITS paperback is the same as on the hardback -- so those of you who saw the hardcover on display in stores or on-line a few months ago will be able to spot it immediately when it comes in!

See cover of STRAITS OF POWER:

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

Read more about STRAITS OF POWER:

http://www.joebuff.com/book05.htm

"SEAS OF CRISIS" MANUSCRIPT ACCEPTED AT WM. MORROW

The manuscript of Joe's latest Captain Jeffrey Fuller adventure, SEAS OF CRISIS, the sixth in the series, has now been Accepted by his editor Mike Shohl at Wm. Morrow/HarperCollins. "Acceptance" is a formal book contract term meaning the editing has been finished to the editor's satisfaction. (Subsequent stages of production of the physical hardcover include the copyedit and then checking of galley proofs, during which some additional small corrections and improvements are made.) SEAS OF CRISIS is set for release on November 29, 2005. The plot of Jeffrey Fuller #6 is embargoed by Joe's publisher for a while, but this story takes Jeffrey to a more senior command level than ever, amid deadly international intrigue and high-stakes diplomacy -- with his most harrowing front-line submarine combat yet. Jeffrey works with a different cast of Special Operations Forces commandos this time, whose land mission is perhaps the most frightening and critical one in the entire novel series. Other important new characters (and submarines and weapons) are introduced as well. The war takes some very dramatic twists and turns -- with major geopolitical realignments that suggest the whole nature of the global conflict will morph in compelling ways!

JOE'S NOVELS CONTINUE DOING WELL OVERSEAS

Joe is delighted to be able to announce that French publisher Fleuve Noir, which previously bought the French-language foreign rights to Joe's THUNDER IN THE DEEP and CRUSH DEPTH, recently added TIDAL RIP to their inventory of Captain Jeffrey Fuller stories slated for release in France.

The Polish language edition of CRUSH DEPTH, which translates into Polish as GLEBOKOSC KRYTYCZBA, came out from Bellona Press earlier this year and according to several Polish-language websites has achieved national bestseller status in that country.

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

The Sub Pen meets most Tuesdays, from 9pm to 11 or midnight East Coast USA time. The next meetings, after a summer vacation, are on September 13 and September 27.

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

http://www.joebuff.com/index01.htm

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

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

"A knowledgeable commentator on issues of undersea science, strategy, and operations." -- CAPT Jim Hay, USN(Ret.), editor of THE SUBMARINE REVIEW

A SPECIAL FOCUS IN THIS ISSUE ON THE VITAL NEED FOR A LARGE AND ROBUST SUBMARINE FORCE, AND PRESERVATION(!) OF NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE NEW LONDON

WHY SUBS ARE MORE RELEVANT THAN EVER TO OUR SECURITY, AND WHAT CONGRESS NEEDS TO KNOW AND DO ABOUT IT...

AN ESSAY, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON MILITARY.COM:

"Big War No More?"

A trend I find very disturbing is an increasingly widespread perception or belief within our country that the United States will never again be forced to fight a major war. One sees more and more statements even from people I used to think of as hawks, to the effect that the 21st century will be an era only of counter-terror and counter-insurgency conflicts. The possibility that we could in the foreseeable future get stuck in a big, stand-up shooting war is being dismissed with blithe glibness as old fashioned and out of step.

Read more:

http://www.joebuff.com/essay69.htm

AN ESSAY, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON MILITARY.COM:

"Save the Sub Base!"

Folks from all walks of life are deeply disturbed that the Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut was ever put on this yearís very controversial BRAC closure list. And I donít blame them. Think about this. Itís home to some eighteen nuclear subs. The base provides uniquely specialized waterfront support for all these indispensable modern capital ships, along with infrastructure for their parent squadrons' command headquarters. The historic base also hosts many vital installations related to submarine repair, crew training, various submarine/undersea medical research units, and signals intelligence and cyber-security.

Read More:

http://www.joebuff.com/essay76.htm

AN ESSAY, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON MILITARY.COM:

"Cracks in BRAC?"

Recent events suggest that the Pentagonís hopes to railroad through a monolithic, unchangeable Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) list may be suddenly coming unglued. Thereís still a long way to go, and lots of challenging work for many folks to do, before America finds out for sure which existing military bases will be kept open, and which will be shut down. (Iíll leave out details as to formal BRAC rules and other relevant dates, places, and names, because this can be found in Military.comís news archives, on Defense Tech and other blogs, and in the on-line archives of different newspapers.)

Read more:

http://www.joebuff.com/essay78.htm

AN ESSAY, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON MILITARY.COM.

"Why Subs Matter Now"

Submarines rank as true capital ships of the 21st century. They stand in the front line of American sea power, and will do so for decades to come. Whether in a peacekeeping or warfighting mode, they can take care of themselves and take on anything an enemy throws their way. Theyíve evolved tremendously, with unique mission capabilities, since the first submersible warship was commissioned into the U.S. Navy over one hundred years ago. That pace of submarine technical and tactical innovation is, if anything, more fast-paced now than ever before in military history. And as tools for preserving our national security, we just canít live without them in robust numbers. (Iíll come back to these central themes after a recap of the bigger picture.)

Read more:

http://www.joebuff.com/essay72.htm

AN ESSAY, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON MILITARY.COM

"Littoral Sub Ops"

This newest essay on my favorite subject, the raging controversy over the future of Americaís Submarine Force, flows directly from a serendipitous sequence of recent events, large and small:

Read more:

http://www.joebuff.com/essay79.htm

JOE BUFF'S READERMAIL PRIVACY POLICY --

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I respond to them individually, as time permits.

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

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

(Great ones I've read myself lately, that influenced my thinking):

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Ahead flank, aye! ...Joe.

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Joe Buff's books (with review excerpts):
SEAS OF CRISIS -- Coming November 29, 2005
STRAITS OF POWER -- "You. Are. There."
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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