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Books by Col. Rick Steinke (US Army RET)

  • NEXT MISSION: U.S. Defense Attaché to France. A memoir from the days of “Punish France, Ignore Germany, Forgive Russia”

    Next Mission provides rare insights, based on four years of military attaché duty, during one of the most troubled periods of relations with America’s oldest ally, France. Grounded in reality and personal experience, it opens the world of real-life, high-level diplomatic experiences based on adversarial U.S. policies, personal relationships, and family life in one of the world’s most captivating cities and countries. Become Colonel Steinke’s personal ‘attaché’ as you walk with him through events that no international spy novelist could capture, no international fiction writer could develop, and no motion picture producer could film. Nothing beats reality.


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Colonel (U.S. Army, Ret) Ralph Richard "Rick" Steinke is a lifelong public servant, dedicated to the security of the United States and its allies. His service includes twenty-eight years in the United States Army and thirteen years as a U.S. Department of Defense civilian. A former Harvard National Security Fellow, he most recently served as the Associate Dean at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, a German-American security cooperation partnership located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The Marshall Center's mission is to build international government capacity and networks to counter terrorism, transnational organized crime, cyber threats and other national security challenges. Colonel Steinke's personal interests include faith, family, fishing, snow skiing and travel.