Since the first edition of Assignment: Pentagon was published in 1988, great changes have occurred in the international environment, the application of U.S. national security strategy, and the manner in which the Pentagon functions. Now in its fourth printing and with a coauthor to lend a different perspective, Assignment: Pentagon remains the best book for anyone who works for the Pentagon, or for any big bureaucracy for that matter. Eminently readable, Assignment: Pentagon is the essential guide for the newly assigned military person, fresh civilian, and interested outsider to the Pentagon's informal set of arrangements, networks, and functions that operate in the service and joint service world. From the type of wristwatch one needs to how to succeed on the Joint Staff, the book delivers a wealth of practical advice and helpful hints about surviving the pressures and problems of working in The Building. If you've been assigned to the Pentagon or are starting work for any large company, you need Assignment: Pentagon.
Maj. Gen. Perry M. Smith, USAF (Ret.), worked many years in the Pentagon as a branch chief, a division chief, a JCS planner, a military assistant, and finally as the director of plans for the Air Force. He is the author of six books, including Rules and Tools for Leaders: A Down-to-Earth Guide to Effective Managing and How CNN Fought the War: A View from the Inside. He is a former military analyst for CBS Radio News, NBC Television, and CNN. He lives in Augusta, Georgia. Col. Daniel M. Gerstein, USA (Ret.), served for almost ten years in the Pentagon in seven different positions. He is the author of Securing America's Future: National Strategy in the Information Age and Leading at the Speed of Light: New Strategies for U.S. Security in the Information Age (Potomac Books, Inc., 2006). He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.