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

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

Copyright © 2005 by Joe Buff, All Rights Reserved.

GREETINGS, FRIENDS AND READERS! I hope you've all had a happy Thanksgiving, and you're looking forward to a joyous year-end Holiday Season. This issue will bring you up to date on the impending release of 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.

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 for a great 2006! ...Joe.

SPECIAL THANKS RE SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS IN IRAQ

I want to pass along, to all of you who participated in the holiday gift-box drive for soldiers in Jenny Pozzi's company, both hers and her family's deepest appreciation for your support. In fact Jenny sent me an e-mail yesterday asking me to remove the "Special Holiday Message" link from my website home page, because her unit, and other troops near their camp, were starting to drown in the flood of packages addressed to them care of her. The 160-person company has received over 500 gift boxes so far, and more keep pouring in every day. Thanks again to you all!

USEFUL AND VALUABLE WEBSITES/BLOGS, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED --

More:

http://www.joebuff.com/newsletter/news22.htm

JOE BUFF'S "SEAS OF CRISIS" HARDCOVER DUE OUT January 10, 2006

"The underwater adventure story of a lifetime. Well done Joe." -- Chief S. Bronson, USN(Ret.), Tactical Equipment Review, re SEAS

"Unrelenting action, clever plotting, gut-wrenching... Attention all military thriller fans, report to battle stations, flank speed, superior entertainment ahead." -- Publishers Weekly, re SEAS

Joe is very pleased to announce that the hardcover edition of his most recent (sixth) novel, SEAS OF CRISIS, will be available to readers everywhere starting on January 10, 2006. (The actual date on the shelves of individual stores may vary slightly from this.)

See cover of SEAS OF CRISIS:

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

Read more about SEAS OF CRISIS (plot summary, excerpt):

http://www.joebuff.com/book06.htm

RECENT SUBSIDIARY RIGHTS NEWS, AND BACK-TO-PRESS UPDATES

SEAS OF CRISIS has been chosen by the highly discerning editorial board of the prestigious Military Book Club as their Featured Alternate Selection for January, 2006.

The paperback edition of Joe's CRUSH DEPTH (2003) has gone into its fourth printing.

The paperback edition of Joe's TIDAL RIP (2004) went into its third printing right after this year's "Captain Jeffrey Fuller" paperback, STRAITS OF POWER, hit the bookstores.

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. Meetings will resume in January 2006. In the meantime, have a great Holiday Season!

For details, and new schedule when announced after New Year's, 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

"I found Joe Buff's material insightful [and] most interesting." -- Congressman Rob Simmons, CT 2nd District (Groton Sub Base)

OUTLINE OF A PUBLIC LECTURE, "WILL CHINA RULE THE WAVES?", GIVEN BY JOE AT THE NEW YORK STATE MILITARY MUSEUM, 3 DECEMBER 2005

1. Why do we need to be asking this question?

2. What factors might influence the answer?

3. What should we do soon to positively affect the outcome?

Read More:

http://www.joebuff.com/essay85.htm

AN ESSAY, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON MILITARY.COM.

REPEATED FROM LAST NEWSLETTER ISSUE DUE TO CONTINUING NEED(!!!) FOR CLARITY AND EMPHASIS ON THIS VITAL SUBJECT

"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. They've 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 can't live without them in robust numbers. (I'll 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

NAVY SEALS TRAIN LIKE THEY FIGHT: HARD

"A UDT/SEAL Weekend"

The cool breeze carried a strong smell of the sea. The sky above and in front of us was dark, except for a lingering orange band that touched the horizon as we faced west -- the dusk of what had been a perfect Southern California evening. Surf pounded rhythmically as the tide came in; the sand beneath our sneakers, as I stood with friends old and new just out of reach of the incoming wavelets, was damp and firm. Not far away, jutting out of the water, a long line of big jagged boulders paralleled the shore. Those boulders were our reason for being there. When each line of surf hit the boulders, the ocean crashed hard and spray flew very high into the air. The ground itself seemed to shudder from the impacts.

Read more:

http://www.joebuff.com/essay82.htm

AN ESSAY, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON MILITARY.COM

U.S. NAVY PLANS NEXT-GENERATION SSN FEATURES

"Tango Bravo Today"

In late autumn, 2004, the U.S. Navy and DARPA jointly announced a new submarine design feasibility study, TANGO BRAVO. The name derives from the initials T and B, standing for “Technology Barriers” (or more optimistically, “Technology Breakthroughs.”) That initial announcement was met with a mix of enthusiasm, skepticism, and confusion, depending on who you were and whom you listened to back then.

Read more:

http://www.joebuff.com/essay83.htm

AN ESSAY, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON MILITARY.COM

WINNING THE GWOT: FOLLOW (AND STOP) THE ENEMY'S MONEY

"Voodoo Economics of Evil"

“Voodoo economics” once upon a time referred (somewhat sarcastically) to the unusual fiscal policy of the Reagan Administration. The basics of the idea were pretty simple: Lower the IRS’s tax rates, in the wake of a recession, to stimulate the U.S. economy. The resulting spurt in the gross domestic product (GDP) will buck up the national tax base. Revenue to the federal government, because of these effects, would actually increase. That in turn would permit the good guys to win the Cold War, by outspending the USSR on defense without amassing catastrophic budget deficits. Overall, it worked -- although the wisdom behind some moving parts, and the favorable or unfavorable lasting consequences of the whole, are debatable.

Read more:

http://www.joebuff.com/essay84.htm

JOE BUFF'S READERMAIL PRIVACY POLICY --

I consider all your messages to me to be confidential.

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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http://www.joebuff.com/newsletter/news21.htm

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Ahead flank, aye! ...Joe.

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Joe Buff's books (with review excerpts):
SEAS OF CRISIS -- "Clever plotting, gut-wrenching"
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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