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Dr. Bob Boan has been an active member of the space community for over a quarter of a century. He has worked on a variety of manned and unmanned space programs at different levels of responsibility over that time. Prior to his space experience he was a member of graduate school in several states. Dr. Boan is also recognized as a community expert on SIGINT, IMINT, and Communication systems and concepts. He also has significant MASINT experience. He has multiple relevant patents and technical publications. Dr. Boan has attended a variety of colleges and universities. He received his BS from Campbell University, then Campbell College. His Masters was awarded by the University of Mississippi. He earned his doctorate at the Florida Institute of Technology.
Charles Anding received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1978. He has additional studies in systems engineering, digital signal processing and electromagnetic environmental effects. Mr. Anding has applied his creativity and expertise to solve a diversity of engineering problems for over 25 years. He has designed electronics and systems for space, military, industrial and medical products. He was the prime contractor's chief engineer for the design and development of a furnace system to grow semiconductor crystals in microgravity on both the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. He supported its use on multiple Spacelab missions, including training of the astronauts and sitting console for payload operations Mr. Anding was the chief engineer, along with Dr. Taylor as chief scientist, for the development of a novel new mission and spacecraft for exploring Pluto. He has designed and supported equipment on Navy fighter aircraft, Army main battle tanks, and attack helicopters. Non-invasive cardiac monitors for medical market, industrial robotics for the nuclear segment and user authorized handguns are just a few more examples of his broad experience base. He is currently designing controls for demilitarization of binary chemical weapons and beginning research and development for future fuel cell based power systems for rugged environments as well as building unmanned aerial vehicles for defense purposes. Dr. Thomas Conley Powell holds a B.A. in physics from Berea College, an M.S. in engineering science from the University of Tennessee Space Institute, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky. He is a senior scientist with BAE Systems in Huntsville, Alabama. Before joining BAE, he was a faculty member at the Space Institute; a member of the technical staff at Arnold Engineering Development Center, near Tullahoma, Tennessee; and a member of the technical staff of Teledyne Brown Engineering, in Huntsville. He has taught graduate courses in subjects ranging from astrophysics to nuclear engineering, and has worked in areas as diverse as aircraft control and nuclear fusion. However, his specialties are space trajectories, attitude dynamics, and numerical analysis. Recently he has developed an innovative fire-control system for artillery and surface-to-surface and surface-to-space rockets. He is writing a textbook on orbital mechanics.
Reads like any corporate report.
Thorough, exhaustive and impersonal.
Very, very useful for planners.
Initially i was put off by its dryness. Read more
This book fails both as science fiction and as military strategy. It reminds me of the worst academic military strategy books, full of charts and manufactured statistics,... Read morePublished on August 17, 2008 by Walt
... now they just need some guys who understand the "scientific" bits well enough not to screw them up, a guy who can "write", and, oh --- an "editor" would be nice as well. Read morePublished on February 19, 2008 by DJE
As other commenters have noted both the editing and the science behind the book are sloppy and careless. Read morePublished on January 7, 2008 by William B. Swift
An Introduction to Planetary Defense
I remember the stars. No, I remember the promise of the stars--the promise of a future antiseptic and soft around the edges. Read more
The crux of the problem is that ANY species capable of interstellar travel must have the technology to generate and control energies many orders of magnitude more powerful than... Read morePublished on August 5, 2007 by Joseph Somsel
An Introduction to Planetary Defense: A Study of Modern Warfare Applied to Extra-Terrestrial Invasion is, just like its title says, a book discussing possible events in case an... Read morePublished on July 10, 2007 by Stefan Isaksson
While I emphatically agree that a more modern, serious treatment of the subject matter for mainstream consumption is long overdue, I was somewhat disappointed in this effort. Read morePublished on June 26, 2007 by Z. Wobensmith
I HAVE read this book. There are many logical flaws in it, and it is quite disorganized, as others have mentioned. Read morePublished on May 12, 2007 by J. Runyan