Prologue

The Pentagon is a huge building. It contains 3.7 million square feet of offices. It is sometimes called the “Puzzle Palace”, not only for some of the strange ideas that come from there, but more for the difficulty in finding your way around the building. 17.5 miles of corridors, 5 “rings” or concentric circles, 5 levels above ground, and 2 below that are publically acknowledged. In an unacknowledged sub-basement, in an unmarked room, a computer monitor displayed pictures and text. The man staring at the screen swore softly and typed an instruction on the keyboard. The screen changed again, this time displaying force dispositions by branch and time of last contact. He reached for the mouse and opened a new window, starting a new program. The title screen flashed, then asked for his Command ID and required password. Looking down at an open folder on his desk, he typed in the requested information from the top sheet in the folder. The screen cleared and then displayed “Authorization Accepted”.

It was 2 o’clock in the morning. Some would say that General Bronson was committing treason. The general thought otherwise. Continue reading