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An interesting view behind the scenes for implementing the 600 ship navy build plan. If you want a book from the point of view of the top regarding the reemergence of the United States Navy and other changes during the Reagan Administration, then this is worth the read. It would be interesting to see Mr. Lehman update this book in depth or write a new one to expand upon the minor excerpts added in of September 2001. Note that those excerpts were added before the attacks on September 11th. I would have rated the book higher if there was more beyond those quick additions.
I think today's politicians, military personnel, DoD contractors, and civil servants should revisit some of his ideas as they have merit. In some ways, all have lost their way individually and as leaders. However, in the post cold war era, things have changed with the so called "peace dividend". I forget the philosopher, but I think it was Plato who wrote "only the dead see the end of the war" . Competition amongst the top tier contractors is no longer there. The navy has seen an increased operating tempo with a force level about half the size of the 600 ship navy. Furthermore, It would be interesting if the book would discuss the "Tanker War" (e.g. Operation Earnest Will, Operation Praying Mantis, etc..). This "gunboat diplomacy" is in some ways influences the anti-access/area denial operations/strategy of Iran today in the Persian Gulf. These two topics could be a book unto itself. I was surprised that the latter operations were not discussed but perhaps since it occurred at the end of the Reagan administration and overlapped into the George H.W. Bush administration, it is left out.