Out of the Ashes

Many people have asked us, “How does the new Tom Clancy OP-Center series differ from the wildly-successful ten-book series published between 1995 and 2005?” It is an important question and one that helps define the ground we stake out in Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: Out of the Ashes and will continue in future books in the series.

In addition to the action, adventure, military-techno journey we take the reader on, there are some overarching themes in Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: Out of the Ashes and these themes will continue in future books in the series.

  • The notion of civilian control of the military is “unsettled” in America in 2014
  • There is tension between government, military and intelligence entities, and the people
  • There is technology-enabled tension between counterterrorism efforts and civil liberties
  • There are issues that are “too hot to handle” for DoD, DoS et al…hence OpCenter
  • The United States is not a juggernaut, we have to be thoughtful how we apply power
  • This series will convey “strategic foresight” i.e. predict what will happen in future
  • The key to what OpCenter takes on regards leveraging “anticipatory intelligence”
  • Information is now a weapon…this is where network-centric warfare has evolved

The “new” OpCenter and the characters who man it will be a dramatic departure from the “old” OpCenter to reflect the sea change in the U.S. security posture since the series was created:

  • Even more than ten years removed, September 11, 2001 still drives U.S. security thinking
  • The creation of the Director of National Intelligence and the NCTC
  • The creation of the Department of Homeland Security
  • The creation of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence
  • The creation of U.S. Cyber Command as a full combatant commander in 2013
  • The creation of Northern Command as a United States Combatant Commander
  • The success of the television series “24” and its recent re-boot
  • The success of the television series “Person of Interest”
  • The fact that the United States has been at war for twelve years – and counting
  • The major strategic shift involved in the U.S. “pivot to Asia”
  • That said, the validated U.S. near-term strategic focus is still the Mideast
  • The forces unleashed by the Arab Spring are causing more Mideast turmoil
  • In 2014, the U.S. military is reviving the counterterrorism vs. counterinsurgency issue

We believe we have delivered on these themes in Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: Out of the Ashes. Stay tuned for more in book two, Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: Into the Fire.

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