Janes At the Controls, of the F-18, is a new series providing a 'hands-on' briefing
of what it is like to fly and fight in modern combat aircraft. By following
a hypothetical mission set sometime in the near future, the full capabilities
of the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 will be revealed. With its APG-65 multimode
radar and infra-red search and tracking sensor, the Hornet can operate
by day or by night over the harshest environment of all: the ocean. It can
carry a formidable ordinance load including Harpoon anti-ship missiles
and SLAM, it's equivalent for land targets. In this scenario the F-18 Hornets
will use laser guided bombs for pinpoint precision against enemy missile
craft lurking among neutral shipping.
The experts at Jane's strap readers into the world's most advanced
aircraft with this, the second title in the well-received "At the Controls"
series. Packed with technical details, insider information, and more than
150 illustrations and action photos, this thrilling book puts readers in
command of this 24 million aircraft--without having to enlist! .
About the Author
David C. Isby is a Washington-based attorney and defense consultant. A special
correspondent for Jane's Intelligence Review, he has contributed to many
military and aviation publications and written extensively on the Russian armed
forces. He lives in Washington D.C.
Starting in 1970, he became the first employee of Poultron Press, which became
Simulations Publications Inc. (SPI), the publisher of conflict simulations and
Strategy & Tactics, Moves and other magazines. For nine years he contributed to
magazines and books published by SPI and functioned as copy editor of Strategy &
Tactics and in other editorial staff positions. He participated in the design
and development of many SPI products. He researched for simulations such as War
in Europe, War in the Pacific, Campaign for North Africa, and many others. He
designed a number of simulations including Soldiers (1972)(1914-15 tactical land
combat), Air War (1977)(1950s-80s air combat), To The Green Fields Beyond
(1978)( the Battle of Cambrai 1917) and Tannenberg (1978)(the 1914 East Prussia
In addition to his work at SPI, he published D-ELIM, a war-gaming "fanzine" and
designed or contributed to games published by other publishers including Rand
Game Associates, Avalon Hill and Enola Games.
He received a Game Designer's Guild award for Air War in 1977 and Charles S.
Roberts (now Origins) Awards in 1978 (for To the Green Fields Beyond) and, in
1979, as a member of the Hall of Fame.
He practiced law in New York City (including defending Stephen A. Donaldson,
"Donny the Punk"). His first book was Weapons and Tactics of the Soviet Army
(London, 1981, Jane's). In Washington, first as a congressional staff member
and, subsequently, as a consultant on national security issues, working for a
number of firms with a range of governmental and private sector clients. He
continued to write extensively on national security and military history topics,
being author or editor of over 20 books and 350 essays and articles in
publications including International Defense Review, USA Today, Washington
Times, Jane's Defense Weekly, Strategic Review, Comparative Strategy, Jamestown
Terrorism Monitor, and Jane's Intelligence Review.
He has testified before both House and Senate committees as a independent
expert. He has appeared extensively in the media including MacNeil-Lehrer, The
McLaughlin Group, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox & Friends, Voice of America, Nightline and
The New York Times. He has lectured at many staff colleges including National
Defense University, US Army War College, US Army Command and General Staff
College, Air Command & Staff College, US Marine Corps Command and General Staff
College, Naval Postgraduate School, and other institutions.
Since 1980, he has worked extensively on the Afghanistan issue, and has written
several books and many articles on the subject. He has been a frequent visitor
to the region and has also participated as a director of The Committee for a
Free Afghanistan Inc., a non-governmental organization working on the
Afghanistan issue. He was condemned by the (pre-glasnost) Soviet government for
his writings and activities on Afghanistan.
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: HarperResource (January 1998)