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Sharon Lee and Steve Miller are the creators of the Liaden Universe® series in the world of which this story is set. The latest entry in the series is Dragon in Exile, out in June 2015.




Chimera

by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

There'd been a lot of shouting at that meeting -- well, there always was shouting at the meetings Farnch took 'him to. Wasn't no use saying he didn't wanna go, on account the shouting hurt his head -- Farnch just called him an auntie, and shoved him into the nearest wall. Then Jewl would yell, and punch Farnch, too, if he wasn't faster'n her fist, which wasn't nobody faster'n Jewl's fist -- and Farnch'd get mad, but even Farnch knew better'n to swing on Jewl, so he'd just get madder'n madder, 'til Darby's head was like to bust with it, and either Farnch'd go out with his crew, or Darby'd go up to the garden 'til either he could hear himself think, or the tips of his ears started to burn in the cold, or Jewl sent one of the twins up to bring him back inside.

Jewl'd been feelin' bad these last couple days, and he'd just managed to get her to sleep when Farnch'd come home, growling about how there was a meeting and it was up to him and Darby help take Surebleak back. . .and all the other kind o'nonsense Farnch was on about lately, him having a grudge against the New Bosses. Farnch, he'd been ambitious, under the Old Bosses. He'd been working all the angles there was, and some that, in Darby's personal opinion, didn't really exist, looking to get onto Boss Goyan's staff. Farnch's big plan was to work his way up to insurance man.

He'd've prolly made, too, Farnch being just that mean, but then what should happen but Boss Conrad come to Surebleak, just particularly to ruin Farnch's life. Least, that's the way Farnch felt about it, and there wasn't any way at all that Darby could change what his brother felt about having his life-plan ruined.

So, for the sake of Jewl's rest, and his own fragile head, Darby'd come along quiet to the meeting, and sat through the yelling and the hating, and the wanting to do something-or-someone a lot of hurt and harm.

That last, that was the worst. He could mostly ignore the yelling and the hating. . .well, that wasn't so bad when there were lots of folks. The feeling got. . .spread out, somehow. Hate was a lot harder to deal with, when it was concentrated in one person.

The bloodlust, though, that got scarier'n a sleet-storm, real fast. Killing rage multiplied in a crowd, until it overwhelmed every sane thought in the room.

Hadn't been so bad tonight; tonight being a planning meeting. There was gonna be a shooting competition at Sherman's, and all the New Bosses were gonna be there with their 'hands. The Streeters for Taking Back Surebleak committee -- that was what Farnch's friends called themselves, though Darby didn't see that Surebleak'd gone anywhere. Sure, there was the new people come in -- Liadens and suchlike -- but Surebleak was still right there under the boots where it'd always been, far's Darby knew about it. . .


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Lieutenant Colonel Alan Isom is a citizen-soldier with one career as a structural engineer with Fluor Corporation, an international engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company, and a second as an Air Defense Artillery (ADA) officer with the 263d Army Air & Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), South Carolina Army National Guard. As a structural engineer, he is responsible for designing structures to resist gravity, wind and seismic loads and has had the opportunity to work on projects both at home and abroad. As an ADA officer, he is responsible for planning and conducting air defense operations to protect assigned assets, and has served multiple tours of duty with the National Capital Region Integrated Air Defense System (NCR-IADS) mission designed to prevent another 9-11 style attack from striking our nation’s capital.



Using Missile Defense Against Terrorist Attacks: Israel’s Iron Dome and the Future of Rocket Shields

by Alan Isom

On April 7, 2011, a Tamir missile streaked into the sky and intercepted a Grad rocket fired by Hamas terrorists in Gaza and aimed at Ashkelon. This marked the first time the Iron Dome system was fired by Israel against an enemy. It performed flawlessly, destroying the terrorist rocket and sprinkling fragments harmlessly across barren terrain. Since that time it has been challenged by Hamas and Hezbollah and has risen to those challenges with a ninety percent success rate against terrorist rocket, artillery and mortar — referred to as RAM — attacks. Because rockets are both a huge chunk of the threat and commonly shown on world media, we will refer to rockets here for simplicity.

Iron Dome leads the way as the first combat-proven air defense shield effective against rocket, artillery, and mortar attacks. It successfully counters one goal of warfighters — “getting inside the enemy’s decision cycle”— that has long been a goal of Islamic terrorists — to goad their enemy, be it Israel, the United States, or another, into striking at them in such a way that they can then cry to the world that they are the victims. With Israel frequently getting a poor reception in the Western press, such incidents have been frequent sources of trouble for Israel. The options have not been good: allow Hamas and Hezbollah to continue to kill Israeli citizens; or to strike back, risking collateral damage, and creating political stress with Israel’s allies due to international public disapproval from perceived Israeli heavy-handedness.

Iron Dome pushes the continuing terrorist rocket attacks outside the terrorists' decision cycle, giving Israeli leadership the precious gift of time to consider responses to Hamas, Hezbollah and other provocateurs, and make good decisions. Furthermore, Iron Dome limits the ability of these provocateurs to draw Israel into ill-considered responses to their rocket provocations. The result is an air defense system that provides not just physical protection, but also a morale boost of hope for the citizens it protects, and also opens the door to future developments that with implications far beyond simply countering rocket attacks—possibly rendering conventional rockets, artillery and mortars as well as air-to-surface, surface-to-surface, and ballistic missile systems obsolete.


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