Assignment: Pentagon : how to excel in a bureaucracy

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Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, [2007].
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Aurora Hills Adult Nonfiction
355.6 SMITH 2007 4th ed.
Due Nov 9, 2019
Shirlington Adult Nonfiction
355.6 SMITH 2007 4th ed.
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Selected for the 2019 Commandant's Professional Reading List  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.
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Fourth edition, revised, first edition.
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xiii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
9781597970969 (2007, 4th ed.), 1597970964 (alk. paper)


Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Smith, P. M., & Gerstein, D. M. (2007). Assignment: Pentagon : how to excel in a bureaucracy. Fourth edition, revised, first edition. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books.

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Smith, Perry M and Daniel M. Gerstein. 2007. Assignment: Pentagon : How to Excel in a Bureaucracy. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books.

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Smith, Perry M and Daniel M. Gerstein, Assignment: Pentagon : How to Excel in a Bureaucracy. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, 2007.

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Smith, Perry M., and Daniel M. Gerstein. Assignment: Pentagon : How to Excel in a Bureaucracy. Fourth edition, revised, first edition. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, 2007. Print.

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