Contracting: Promises and Perils, Second Edition. By Capt. William Sims
Curry, USAF (Ret), Life Member. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-49873-807-1.
This is the second edition of Government Contracting:
Promises and Perils. The first edition was used as a textbook in master’s
in public administration (MPA) programs and in government procurement graduate
certificate programs. It also was used by states, cities, and other local
government agencies to upgrade their contracting practices and policies.
Examples of actual procurement fraud are discussed as well as recommendations
for making government agencies less susceptible to fraud. There are tips for
government contractors who wish to convert their procurement systems and
socioeconomic subcontracting processes from cost centers to profit centers.
In preparation for writing this book, the author completed
the study of federal source selection decisions that were protested by
government contractors, and the protests were sustained by the Government
Accountability Office (GAO). He also conducted a nationwide state and local
government contracting best practices research project in 2015. The author
presents case studies illustrating how public servants and government
contractors alike have become ensnarled in contract fraud. The case studies
relate to the various phases of the contracting cycle, beginning with
procurement planning and progressing through the preparation of contractor
proposals, contractor selection, and management of contracts that have been
awarded to contractors. There also is coverage of contracting during
emergencies and socioeconomic contracting. Book owners are provided online
access to a sample request for proposals (RFP) and a sample contract, a process
for evaluating proposals to identify the contractor offering the best value, a
tool for managing contracts, and other useful contract management tools.
During the research project, the author discovered that
certain states and local government agencies were using anomalous mathematical
formulas to weigh scores assigned to contractor proposals. During separate
research, he discovered deficiencies in the manner that contractors are
selected by DoD and other federal agencies. The author developed a variation of
the state and local government contractor selection process, replacing the anomalous
formulas with corrected formulas that resulted in a contractor selection
process for selecting the best value contract proposal that is applicable to
federal, state, and local government agencies. Book owners are provided access
to online resources where corrected formulas are described for the readers as
well as proof of the anomalies and proof for the accuracy of the corrected
Life — Service or Career: A Soldier’s Perspective. By Lt. Col. John McClarren, USA
(Ret). JMAC Publishing. ISBN 978-1-50071-465-9.
Life Service or Career: A Soldier’s Perspective is a book for young
people who are interested in the military, seeking guidance in the
decision-making process, or for those who have been there already and enjoy
reminiscing or comparing stories between themselves and the author.
Conclave. By Col. Tom Davis, USA (Ret), Life
Member. CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1-53470-661-3.
As the Cold War looms over
Europe in 1978, Pope John Paul I dies after a month in office. Half a
world away, Maj. Carter Caldwell, USMA ‘68, on loan from the sociology
department to the National Security Council, views the coming papal election as
a chance to diminish Moscow’s hold on Eastern Europe. Dispatched to Rome with a
CIA analyst, Carter and Katherine become involved in a deadly struggle with KGB
agents. Gunfights, chases, assassination attempts, and palace intrigue await
History buffs and action
enthusiasts will be caught in the growing suspense as the conclave reaches its
Half Staff 2018: A Chilling Look
Into the Future. By Capt. John Morse, USN (Ret). Idleknot Press.
After a series of deadly attacks in
the U.S., carried out by unknown terrorist organizations, Dan Steele faces the
most important mission of his life: to stop a major assault on the U.S. that
threatens to lead to widespread domestic panic and worldwide calamity. A
tough-minded warrior cast into an unfamiliar role, Steele navigates through
dangerous uncharted waters to fight a ruthless enemy that remains hidden in the
shadows. Half Staff’s fast paced action will have you asking how real
this future plot might prove to be.
Risks Defining Life: A Soldier’s Memoir. By Lt. Col. John McClarren, USA (Ret). JMAC Publishing.
Risks Defining Life: A Soldier’s Memoir is a book focusing on what we all go
through: the choices of when to take risks and when not to. The author always
has been ready to take risks throughout his entire life, perhaps a few too
many, but all having turned out for the best. Some should have killed him. Ahh,
but they did not.
Young Woman!: From Military Wife to Country Life. By Nancy Quinn, spouse of Col. William
Kohnke, USAF (Ret), Life Member. Hellgate Press. ISBN 978-1-55571-829-9.
you ever found a cougar on your swingset or a moose in your driveway? Go
West, Young Woman! is the true story of one family’s transition from
beltway living in metro Washington, D.C., to what they thought would be a
“calmer” existence in rural Montana.
family soon discovers how unprepared they are for the challenges ahead, both
comical and adventurous. The humor of their early encounters with cattle and
local customs only masks the more ominous confrontations with predators and
nature. Through their journey, they discover the true meaning of “the code of
the West,” a concept which has not entirely vanished from the American way of