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The 300

The 300

The Inside Story of the Missile Defenders Guarding America Against Nuclear Attack

Daniel Wasserbly

St. Martin's Press

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Military and security expert Daniel Wasserbly introduces the elite unit tasked with protecting the nation from long-range weapons of mass destruction.

Comprised of just three hundred soldiers, the United States Army’s 100th Missile Defense Brigade and 49th Missile Defense Battalion utilize sophisticated and cutting-edge technology to monitor the skies and seas surrounding the country and shield three hundred million Americans against any potential nuclear threat. Named for the number of Spartan warriors who defended Greece at the Battle of Thermopylae, these vigilant individuals endure rigorous, always-evolving regimens to maintain peak efficiency in the event of an actual nuclear strike.

Assigned to extraordinary locations at Fort Greely, Alaska and Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, the 300 are responsible for the highest levels of homeland security. They not only maintain a never-ending watch via radar and sensor arrays, but receive continuous training in operating advanced interceptors designed to home in on and destroy in-flight ballistic missiles. It’s a complex—and occasionally unreliable—defense system that scientists and engineers are always improving and upgrading.

With unprecedented access to the highly classified strategic nerve centers of U.S. Northern Command in Cheyenne Mountain, years of research, and dozens of exclusive interviews with normally inaccessible missile crews, Wasserbly reveals the incredible true story behind the 300’s essential defense operations.… More…

Military and security expert Daniel Wasserbly introduces the elite unit tasked with protecting the nation from long-range weapons of mass destruction.

Comprised of just three hundred soldiers, the United States Army’s 100th Missile Defense Brigade and 49th Missile Defense Battalion utilize sophisticated and cutting-edge technology to monitor the skies and seas surrounding the country and shield three hundred million Americans against any potential nuclear threat. Named for the number of Spartan warriors who defended Greece at the Battle of Thermopylae, these vigilant individuals endure rigorous, always-evolving regimens to maintain peak efficiency in the event of an actual nuclear strike.

Assigned to extraordinary locations at Fort Greely, Alaska and Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, the 300 are responsible for the highest levels of homeland security. They not only maintain a never-ending watch via radar and sensor arrays, but receive continuous training in operating advanced interceptors designed to home in on and destroy in-flight ballistic missiles. It’s a complex—and occasionally unreliable—defense system that scientists and engineers are always improving and upgrading.

With unprecedented access to the highly classified strategic nerve centers of U.S. Northern Command in Cheyenne Mountain, years of research, and dozens of exclusive interviews with normally inaccessible missile crews, Wasserbly reveals the incredible true story behind the 300’s essential defense operations.

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Praise for The 300

“Wasserbly's narrative is not only compelling, but also informative and, at times, downright scary. While some will no doubt be impressed by his mastery of the technology for such work -- this after all is rocket science -- it is the stories within the story of real-life American heroes that makes this tale so "illuminating and unforgettable.” –Michael Fabey, author of Crashback: The Power Clash Between the U.S. and China in the Pacific

"A true insider account. If you have the slightest interest in missile defense, The 300 is the book for you." —Sean Naylor, New York Times bestselling author of Relentless Strike

“One of the core premises of nuclear warfare was that once in flight, missiles could not be stopped. Until 2004 this premise was inviolable. Then the 100th Missile Defense Brigade was establish in Alaska and Colorado, tasked with the mission of proving this premise wrong. In his valuable and illuminating book, Daniel Wasserbly chronicles this crucial but little-known development, which signals the end of an era in warfare, and the beginning of the next.” –George Friedman, author of The Storm Before the Calm: America's Discord, the Coming Crisis of the 2020s, and the Triumph Beyond

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Daniel Wasserbly

DANIEL WASSERBLY is the editor of Jane’s International Defence Review, a global publisher of military and security news and open-source intelligence. He has appeared as a military expert for BBC World Service and NPR's Marketplace, and has discussed missile defense and security issues on the Korean peninsula. He has appeared on CNN, CBC Television, BBC, CBC Radio One, and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and other publications.

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