It’s time for another progress report on Surprise Attack.  At present I’m starting on a final authors review of the actual print layout of the book. That’s where I get my last chance to find minor things that all the editors missed up to this point – hopefully it won’t be that much and involves word usage, expressions, acronyms or other such things that editors not deeply immersed in the subjects I’m discussing might catch.  Just as in covert and clandestine operations, when you get into military intelligence, command and control, and all things related to the national security venue, acronyms and special terms proliferate (as with atomic weapons targeting under the SIOP – an acronym associated with efforts ensure total target destruction while not to killing your own forces when the Air Force, Navy and Army all attack at the same time).

As I have intimated, this is a very broad (and deep) subject, especially when you tackle it over a 70 year period.  The book begins in early 1940 and the last information inserted relates to events of June, 2015.  And as I see in the final pdf file, at present it comes in at some 546 pages….and that is before the index gets added.  The end notes are extensive, the majority have embedded source links for those who want to check my interpretations or do further reading and research.  I think its fair to say that there are enough sources identified to support a large number of student essays and papers – and of course we hope to get it into libraries for that purpose.  That said, I think it will read a lot livelier than the sheer quantity of end notes might make it sound, human factors are a huge part of the story  and the story that emerges is — well to use a local expression, “it ain’t pretty”.

While certainly not self explanatory, the chapter titles may give you a feel for what is discussed in the book:

Chapter 1 Warnings
Chapter 2 Interdiction vs. Interception
Chapter 3 Errors of Command
Chapter 4 A New Threat
Chapter 5 Hollow Force
Chapter 6 Uncertainties
Chapter 7 Fear Factors
Chapter 8 Mirror Imaging
Chapter 9 Targeting
Chapter 10 Crisis
Chapter 11 Continuity of Command
Chapter 12 Mind Games, Maskirova and Atomic War Fighting
Chapter 13 Reality Check
Chapter 14 Preparedness
Chapter 15 Out of the Shadows
Chapter 16 Shadow Boxing
Chapter 17 Inertia
Chapter 18 Attack
Chapter 19 Points of Failure
Chapter 20 Going Forward
Chapter 21 Diplomatic Insecurity
Chapter 22 Hindsight and Foresight

So….now its time for me to dig in and do some work, my blogging will probably be cut back while this is going on but at least you will know I’m not just on the beach.  The schedule is still calling for availability in September and that is really close, I best get to it.


About Larry Hancock

Larry Hancock is a leading historian-researcher in the JFK assassination. Co-author with Connie Kritzberg of November Patriots and author of the 2003 research analysis publication titled also Someone Would Have Talked. In addition, Hancock has published several document collections addressing the 112th Army Intelligence Group, John Martino, and Richard Case Nagell. In 2000, Hancock received the prestigious Mary Ferrell New Frontier Award for the contribution of new evidence in the Kennedy assassination case. In 2001, he was also awarded the Mary Ferrell Legacy Award for his contributions of documents released under the JFK Act.

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