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Leadership & Risk

May

15

There were several flag officers that deserved a great deal of credit for shepherded the Navy’s extremely difficult air warfare platform transition following the Vietnam War. There were very publicized development attempts that went awry (e.g. the A-12) and new concepts that needed to be birthed to improve the flexibility, capability and safety of the carrier air wing. Those were some very emotional times and Joe Dyer, John Lockhard and Riley Mixson were great admirals. 

Dave Oliver’s Leadership and Risk speaks to essential tools necessary to shape the future in industry, government or academia – the most important: courage and a bias for action! (VADM) Joe Dyer.

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Leadership & Risk — this Fall

May

2

When your life involves the same profession, mutual friends often appear like meandering strands of ivy along a brick wall, sometimes unexpectedly crossing after years of separate growth. I watched Marv Langston defend his doctoral degree and the last time we served together was when he was the Pentagon’s initial Chief Information Officer.

In this book, Dave Oliver’s exceptional leadership wisdom adds to the legacy of his successful 1992 book Lead On!  Just as he taught me at the Pentagon, his engaging leadership examples teach us that leadership is about the personal strength, character and insight, to lead into risk when risk is needed.

Dr. Marv Langston – a former Navy and Pentagon colleague

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Leadership & Risk

Apr

21

Arthur House is currently the Chief Cybersecurity Risk Officer for the State of Connecticut, as well as a fellow Director of a publicly-held company. Art has had an extraordinary career as a regulatory of utility industries. In public service he specialized in intelligence and worked closely for three different Senators and served as chief of staff to Senator Abraham Ribicoff. Given Art’s personal background, I appreciated his comments on my forthcoming book, 

Oliver draws from a remarkable career of Navy leadership, submarine operations and national security challenges to produce a can’t-put-it down read.

Arthur C. House

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“Leadership and Risk” blurb.

Apr

18

In preparation for the publication cycle, I have been requesting comments on my new leadership book. In some cases their comments reflect the reader’s background. Admiral Bill Houley is one such individual. He understands that leadership is one of those tools that has application across a wide spectrum of challenges. During his naval career, Bill was widely recognized as an extraordinary original leader. He subsequently was asked by President Clinton to run the apparatus that supports the White House and then spent years managing a large hospice organization. Bill sent me the following, “DO YOU THINK YOU COULD DO A BETTER JOB OF RUNNING THIS PLACE?  ARE YOU MISSING SOME OF THE SECRETS OF BEING AN INSPIRATIONAL LEADER?  THIS BOOK PROVIDES SOME ACTUAL CASE STUDIES THAT WILL HELP SENIOR OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVES FILL OUT THEIR RESUMES FOR TOP POSITIONS.”

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Revised Leadership Title

Apr

7

Asking peers for “blurbs” for my books always has become an integral piece of my writing process. This is never more true than the current go-round, when the friendly critics have been not-so-gently suggesting that Leadership and Risk is much more accurate and descriptive than the working title I was using. I finally agreed last week and proposed the change to my publisher. They emailed their agreement back within thirty minutes.

I suspect not everyone was enamored with my previous label.

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New Leadership Book Coming

Feb

25

The Naval Press Institute will publish my latest book, The Art of Leadership,this Fall or Winter. The book uses case studies to explore the inherent risks of leadership and the tools available to those who would strive to fill those roles. Real world examples are used and consequently expose unrevealed history. The latter includes such items as a secret of the Yom Kippur War, the background of the 1986 bloodless revolution in the Philippines, how Admiral Bud Zumwalt was such a unique Chief of Naval Operations, why our National War Plan suddenly had to be revised during the Reagan years and what spurred President Clinton’s anti-nuclear proliferation success.

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Intent to Betray released 8 June

Jun

5

The appeal of “Camelot” is not the lovely ladies, the swelling music, the pastel of the background or the men’s armor. It was instead the morality of the mission and the sense of shared sacrifice of the warriors.

I have been fortunate to serve since I left home at seventeen. Never did I feel more valuable to America’s security than the year when I sat at the table that directed the United States’ largest assemblage of ships, Marines and aircraft — The United States Seventh Fleet. It was my Camelot.

The Seventh Fleet is responsible for all the existing and potential hot spots in the Pacific — the water expanses near Korea, Russia, China, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, etc. Asia is as different from Europe as Night is from Day. I have frequently said that if an officer had a “story” in his background or a tatoo on his butt, the powers that be shipped him from Europe to be part of our staff. We welcomed those officers. We needed those with an edge.

Intent to Betray is about what it might have been like to be there one year.

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Intent to Deceive (book jacket blurb)

Feb

15

A beautiful Russian woman double agent narrowly escapes certain death on a Russian waterfront. She subsequently uses her Olympic high bar experience to vault past two assassination attempts. But despite these narrow escapes, Anastasia has no idea who has betrayed her and intends her harm. Are her enemies Russian, Kazakh, Chechen – or the CIA? And she is completely unaware of how these perfidies are related to missing Kazakhstani nuclear warheads — weapons that will soon be threating the safety of tens of millions of innocent people.

Does Anastasia need the assistance of the American submarine captain who retrieved her under fire from Vladivostok? Will her pride even permit him to help? Will they together be able to thwart the international thieves? Will love, death or the mushroom of a nuclear explosion bloom on the snowy steppes of Kazakhstan?

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First Novel — Intent to Deceive

Feb

15

My first novel will be published next week – the kindle version available for less than the cost of a microbrew.

Think of the book as a mystery with mature moments. It is a story built around a beautiful Russian double agent. We first meet her as she is rescued from Russia by a US nuclear submarine. After she reaches America, it quickly becomes apparent she still isn’t safe. Now who is her betrayer? The submarine captain who brought her out of Russia wants badly to be more than an ally, but she has made other choices.

She and the submarine captain confront the Russians in Saint Petersburg, have their own quick liaison in the Napa wine country, and soon find out the race is on across snowy Kazakhstan to uncover a Cold War cache of nuclear weapons!

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Submarine History Symposium

Sep

23

I will be at the Naval Submarine League Symposium on 31 October if anyone wants their copies of Against the Tide signed. It will be a great opportunity to discuss how Dave Minton’s patrol aboard Guardfish changed history.

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