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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany was the sixty first book of 2015, which I enjoyed.

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is massive in length.  It took a long time and lots of energy to work through, however it is an extremely great tome.  With all that said, it reviews the complete history, to extreme detail, of exactly what the title advertises the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.  It speaks to the world conditions and state of the German and global populace which allowed Hitler to rise in power, seize it, and set the stage to get decent people to commit atrocious acts.  I found the preconditions of the rise very interesting; especially the political stage which was present in the early 1930s.  The other major points I found amazing was the cowardice of military leaders combined with fear instilled by the Hitler regime which prevented those key leaders from preventing these catastrophic events.

I cannot say enough about how necessary the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is to read.  There are too many similarities in the world today to not understand what things to be extremely wary of and what things to ensure we do not allow to occur again based on forgetting history’s lessons.

Highly recommended!

Make sure to check out all the books I’ve enjoyed in 2015.


Active remote sensing is the principal tool used to study and to predict short- and long-term changes in the environment of Earth – the atmosphere, the oceans and the land surfaces – as well as the near space environment of Earth. All of these measurements are essential to understanding terrestrial weather, climate change, space weather hazards, and threats from asteroids. Active remote sensing measurements are of inestimable benefit to society, as we pursue the development of a technological civilization that is economically viable, and seek to maintain the quality of our life. A Strategy for Active Remote Sensing Amid Increased Demand for Spectrum describes the threats, both current and future, to the effective use of the electromagnetic spectrum required for active remote sensing. This report offers specific recommendations for protecting and making effective use of the spectrum required for active remote sensing.

Source: A Strategy for Active Remote Sensing Amid Increased Demand for Radio Spectrum | The National Academies Press

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2015 DoD Cyber StrategyThe Department of Defense has released its 2015 DoD Cyber Strategy in April.  It is important to understand where the 2015 DoD Cyber Strategy fits in the National Strategy for Cyberspace.  So the 2015 DoD Cyber Strategy sets out the goals the Department of Defense has been tasked to achieve in support of the National Military Strategy and National Strategy for Cyberspace.

The 2015 DoD Cyber Strategy sets five strategic goals for its cyberspace missions:

1. Build and maintain ready forces and capabilities to conduct cyberspace operations;

2. Defend the DoD information network, secure DoD data, and mitigate risks to DoD missions;

3. Be prepared to defend the U.S. homeland and U.S. vital interests from disruptive or destructive cyberattacks of significant consequence;

4. Build and maintain viable cyber options and plan to use those options to control conflict escalation and to shape the conflict environment at all stages;

5. Build and maintain robust international alliances and partnerships to deter shared threats and increase international security and stability.


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