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reviews

by Kernan Chaisson

The Peacekeepers
Author: Jack Miller
in the deep recesses of “thank God that’s
over.” Who knows, among all the contributors you may even find some old
pirate or running mate you thought had
gone on the final PCS.
The Peacekeepers, ISBN 978-1-93675909-5, is published by Houdini Publishing,
Las Vegas, NV, 2012. The author has arranged with the Air Force Radar Museum
Association (AFRMA, Bellefontaine, Ohio,)
to donate a significant portion of his royalties to support the development of a new
radar site museum. Visit www.afrmaonline.org to order a copy.

Effective Team
Leadership for Engineers
By Pat Wellington and Niall Foster
By becoming an imprint of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET
– the UK version of the IEEE) SciTech Publishing provides easier access to the IET’s
library of books, in this case their Management of Technology Series. The authors
note that, through the years, a variety of concepts and ideas have developed which
focus on management concepts and techniques for harnessing the abilities of a team
to achieve a common end. This has become increasingly important in the high-tech
arena as singular efforts become rare and the tasks accomplished by a group of engineers, technicians, and other specialists become more complex.
The authors, both Directors at Europe Japan Management, are renowned international consultants. They bring extensive experience with modern industries to
the book, tailoring up-to-date theory with practices team leaders can use. They manage to cover, in
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practical terms, pretty much the gamut of leadership practice – in terms engineers can relate to and
d
use in 250 pages.
Like the laws of physics, some leadership principles are universal. But also like the laws of
physics, some are more useful than others. The
authors cover the former in detail without cluttering the text with the latter. The result is a
useful reference text for any engineering organization that must get things done effectively
in a team setting, valuable for young engineers
and old hands alike.
Effective Team Leadership, ISBN 978-0-86341954-6 (paperback), The Institution of Engineering
and Technology, London, United Kingdom, 2009.
It is available from www.scitechpub.com. a

The Journal of Electronic Defense | May 2013

“Not all heroes receive medals.” This
is the opening thought of Jack Miller in
The Peacekeepers, a new little book about
life at the Air Defense Command Aircraft
Control and Warning sites of the Cold
War. He dedicates it to the thousands
of officers, enlisted personnel, civilian
contractors and their families who endured the unfriendly weather and isolation of remote assignments to protect
the nation from a feared nuclear bomber
attack by the Soviet Union, preventing
World War III. Many Old Crows, including
this writer, got their start at these radar
outposts scattered around the country
and ringed across our northern borders
and the frozen Arctic. The author explains the history, makeup and operation of the nation’s Cold War guardian;
and he then turns to stories by members
of the United States Air Force Radar Site
Veterans Association to show what it
was like.
The Peacekeepers is the story of life
on the sites by those who lived and
worked there. He added a point not
usually thought of – that the sites, not
bomber bases or missile silos, would
have been Target #1 in the event of an
attack by the USSR. Besides coping with
extreme living conditions, these Cold
Warriors lived at the center of a bullseye. For those who lived it, site duty was
an experience in conditions unique to
military life.
This is more than just a trip down
memory lane. Miller explains the PreSAGE air defense control setup as well
as the SAGE and BUIC systems and how
they operated, the steps as the defense
system grew, and what things were like
at the radar sites and control centers. He
adds the personal experiences of those
who lived it. There is an appendix of radar site slang, plus an interesting list
of the 1950s and ’60s clothing issued for
site troops (socks, wool, black 4@$0.64).
Reading the book may bring back
cherished memories as well as some we
hoped would stay gone, memories back

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - May 2013

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
Letters
The Monitor
The Monitor
The Long Hard Road – EW’s Future in Europe
Technology Survey: Signal Generators
Two Domains Are Better Than One
Preview: AOC 50th Anniversary
EW 101
Book Review
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - May 2013 - The View From Here
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JED - May 2013 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - May 2013 - Courses Calendar
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JED - May 2013 - From the President
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JED - May 2013 - Letters
JED - May 2013 - The Monitor
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JED - May 2013 - The Monitor
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JED - May 2013 - The Long Hard Road – EW’s Future in Europe
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JED - May 2013 - Technology Survey: Signal Generators
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JED - May 2013 - Two Domains Are Better Than One
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JED - May 2013 - Preview: AOC 50th Anniversary
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JED - May 2013 - EW 101
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JED - May 2013 - Book Review
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JED - May 2013 - AOC News
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JED - May 2013 - Index of Advertisers
JED - May 2013 - JED Quick Look
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