Born in North Carolina, GENERAL HUGH SHELTON served in the U.S. Army for thirty-eight years as a specialist in airborne operations and special operations tactics, was Commander in Chief of the U.S. Special Operations Command (including Delta Force, Navy SEALS, and other top secret Special Mission Units). Shelton was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under both Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush. He lives in North Carolina.RON LEVINSON is a veteran film and television producer, director, writer, and studio executive. A past board member of the U.S. Air Force Public Advisory Counsel (where he counseled the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force on motion picture and television production), he currently lives in Los Angeles.MALCOLM McCONNELL is the author or co-author of twenty-nine books, including the "New York Times" #1 bestseller, "American Soldier," with Gen. Tommy Franks. McConnell lives in Queenstown, MD.