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Advocating Overlord


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Philip Padgett spent forty years working in national security and preparedness analysis in the military, government, and the private sector. As deputy intelligence adviser at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, he supported negotiations for five international treaties and agreements. On contract, he has led integrated analyses for studies of the East-West military balance, nuclear doctrine and deterrence, NATO command and control, and arms control compliance monitoring. In his retirement Padgett joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Reserve Corps and assisted in national emergencies such as Superstorm Sandy. For more information about Advocating Overlord, visit philpadgett.com/.


"Advocating Overlord is a welcome reminder of what can be accomplished when allied nations' military and political leaders overcome national biases and rivalries to recognize common interests."--Francis P. Sempa, New York Journal of Books
"Advocating Overlord presents two worthy overarching lessons for today's warfighter. First, it displays how strategic leaders make executive decisions and operational staffs negotiate details to meet the political vision. Second, it illustrates how to plan and win against a peer competitor in multiple warfighting domains under formidable resource constraints. . . . A testament to the single-battle concept too often ignored during the counterinsurgency era. I recommend Advocating Overlord primarily because it reinforces the basics of planning and decision making for today's military professional."--Bradley Fultz, Proceedings-- (12/1/2018 12:00:00 AM)
"A fascinating narrative."--Bradley P. Tolppanen, A Blog on Winston Churchill-- (6/6/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"An interesting and useful addition to the scholarship on World War II."--Golda Eldridge, Air Power History
"Even those well versed in the history of the war will find much to ponder here, including the entanglement of Operation Overlord, the American effort to exclude the British from participation in the building of the atomic bomb, and the final transformation of America's international role, away from 'hemispheric defense' and toward enduring global engagement."--Daniel Moran, professor of international and military history in the Department of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and coeditor of Maritime Strategy and Global Security-- (9/15/2017 12:00:00 AM)
"One would think the story of the conception and planning for the D-Day landings had been well covered, but Padgett, a veteran of decades of service in national security, disarmament, and preparedness analysis, breaks surprising new ground in this book. . . . Advocating Overlord is a very good read for anyone interested in the Second World War."--A. A. Nofi, Strategy Page
"Padgett has provided us with an excellent, extremely insightful study of the pivotal negotiations during 1943 that determined whether and how the fledgling Anglo-American alliance would solidify to make a significant contribution to the defeat of Nazi Germany and go on to provide the basis for post-war western security."--Richard H. Harding, professor of organizational history at the University of Westminster and coeditor of Naval Leadership in the Atlantic World: The Age of Revolution and Reform, 1700-1850-- (9/15/2017 12:00:00 AM)
"Philip Padgett has provided a novel roadmap for tracing this familiar story. His Advocating Overlord is evocatively written and grounded in authoritative research in British and U.S. sources; it offers an intriguing thesis regarding the nexus of issues that led to Operation Overlord."--Theodore A. Wilson, professor emeritus of history at the University of Kansas-- (9/15/2017 12:00:00 AM)

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