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       Commander-In-Chief, p.1

           Tom Clancy
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  Submarine: A Guided Tour Inside a Nuclear Warship

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  Into the Storm: A Study in Command

  with General Fred Franks, Jr. (Ret.) and Tony Koltz

  Every Man a Tiger: The Gulf War Air Campaign

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  Principal Characters


  Chapter 1

  Chapter 2

  Chapter 3

  Chapter 4

  Chapter 5

  Chapter 6

  Chapter 7

  Chapter 8

  Chapter 9

  Chapter 10

  Chapter 11

  Chapter 12

  Chapter 13

  Chapter 14

  Chapter 15

  Chapter 16

  Chapter 17

  Chapter 18

  Chapter 19

  Chapter 20

  Chapter 21

  Chapter 22

  Chapter 23

  Chapter 24

  Chapter 25

  Chapter 26

  Chapter 27

  Chapter 28

  Chapter 29

  Chapter 30

  Chapter 31

  Chapter 32

  Chapter 33

  Chapter 34

  Chapter 35

  Chapter 36

  Chapter 37

  Chapter 38

  Chapter 39

  Chapter 40

  Chapter 41

  Chapter 42

  Chapter 43

  Chapter 44

  Chapter 45

  Chapter 46

  Chapter 47

  Chapter 48

  Chapter 49

  Chapter 50

  Chapter 51

  Chapter 52

  Chapter 53

  Chapter 54

  Chapter 55

  Chapter 56

  Chapter 57

  Chapter 58

  Chapter 59

  Chapter 60

  Chapter 61

  Chapter 62

  Chapter 63

  Chapter 64

  Chapter 65

  Chapter 66

  Chapter 67

  Chapter 68

  Chapter 69

  Chapter 70

  Chapter 71

  Chapter 72

  Chapter 73

  Chapter 74

  Chapter 75

  Chapter 76

  Chapter 77

  Chapter 78

  Chapter 79

  Chapter 80

  Chapter 81



  United States Government

  Jack Ryan: President of the United States

  Scott Adler: secretary of state

  Mary Pat Foley: director of national intelligence

  Robert “Bob” Burgess: secretary of defense

  Jay Canfield: director of the Central Intelligence Agency

  Dan Murray: attorney general

  Arnold Van Damm: President Ryan’s chief of staff

  Peter Branyon: CIA chief of station, Vilnius, Lithuania

  Greg Donlin: CIA security officer

  United States Military

  Roland Hazelton: admiral, chief of naval operations, United States Navy

  Scott Hagen: commander, captain of USS James Greer (DDG-102), United States Navy

  Phil Kincaid: lieutenant commander, executive officer of USS James Greer (DDG-102), United States Navy

  Damon Hart: lieutenant, weapons officer on USS James Greer (DDG-102), United States Navy

  Richard “Rich” Belanger: lieutenant colonel, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, United States Marine Corps; battalion commander of the Black Sea Rotational Force

  The Campus

  Gerry Hendley: director, The Campus/Hendley Associates

  John Clark: director of operations

  Domingo “Ding” Chavez: senior operations officer

  Dominic “Dom” Caruso: operations officer

  Jack Ryan, Jr.: operations officer/analyst

  Gavin Biery: director of information technology

  Adara Sherman: director of transportation

  The Russians

  Valeri Volodin: president of the Russian Federation

  Mikhail “Misha” Grankin: director of the Kremlin Security Council (Russian intelligence)

  Arkady Diburov: chairman of the board of directors of Gazprom, Russian natural gas company

  Andrei Limonov (Mr. Ivanov): Russian private equity manager

  Vlad Kozlov (Mr. Popov): intelligence operative in the Kremlin Security Council

  Yegor Moro
zov: intelligence operative in the Kremlin Security Council

  Tatiana Molchanova: television newscaster, Novorossiya (Channel Seven)

  Other Characters

  Martina Jaeger: Dutch contract killer

  Braam Jaeger: Dutch contract killer

  Terry Walker: president and CEO of BlackHole Bitcoin Exchange, cryptocurrency trader

  Kate Walker: wife of Terry Walker

  Noah Walker: son of Terry and Kate Walker

  Eglė Banytė: president of Lithuania

  Marion Schöngarth: president of the Federal Republic of Germany

  Salvatore: Italian paparazzo

  Christine von Langer: former CIA case officer

  Herkus Zarkus: Lithuanian fiber-optic network technician; Land Force soldier

  Linus Sabonis: director, Lithuanian State Security Department

  Common Acronyms and Abbreviations

  ARAS: Lithuanian police antiterrorist operations unit

  ASROC: Antisubmarine rocket

  ASW: Antisubmarine warfare

  CIA: Central Intelligence Agency

  CNO: Chief of Naval Operations

  CIWS: Phalanx close-in weapons system

  DIA: Defense Intelligence Agency

  FSB: Federal’naya Sluzhba Bezopasnosti, Russian State Security

  JSOC: Joint Special Operations Command

  NATO: North Atlantic Treaty Organization

  NGA: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

  NSA: National Security Agency

  ODNI: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

  ONI: Office of Naval Intelligence

  RAT: Remote Administration Tool

  SAU: Search and Attack Unit

  SIPRNet: Secret Internet Protocol Router Network—Classified network for U.S. Intelligence community

  SOF: Special Operations Forces

  TAC: Tactical Air Controller

  TAO: Tactical Action Officer

  USWE: Undersea Warfare Evaluator

  VHRJTF: Very High Readiness Joint Task Force—NATO


  The Norwegians sold their secret submarine base to the Russians, and they did it on eBay.


  In truth, the transaction was conducted on, the regional equivalent of the online trading site, and the purchaser was not the Kremlin but a private buyer who immediately rented out the facility to a Russian state-owned concern. Still, the base was the only non-Russian permanent military installation on the strategically important Barents Sea, and the very fact that NATO condoned the sale in the first place spoke volumes about the organization’s readiness for war.

  And it also said something about Russia’s intentions. When the purchaser clicked buy, Norway gave up Olavsvern Royal Norwegian Navy Base for five million U.S. dollars, a third of what Norway was asking and a pitiful one percent of what NATO spent building it in the first place.

  With this purchase Russia won two important victories: It gave them the strategically located installation to use as they saw fit, and took it out of the hands of the West.

  Olavsvern is an impressive facility, something out of a Bond film. Carved into the side of a mountain near the city of Tromsø north of the Arctic Circle, it has direct access to the sea and contains underground tunnels, massive submarine bays with blast-proof doors, a dry dock capable of receiving large warships, a 3,000-square-meter deep-water quay, infantry barracks with emergency power, and more than 160,000 square feet of space that is virtually impervious to a direct nuclear attack because it is hewn deep into the rock.

  At the time of the sale, those in favor—including the Norwegian prime minister—rolled their eyes at anyone who said such a deal was ill-advised; the buyer promised that the Russians would use the facility to service their oil rigs—the Russians drilled all over the Barents Sea, after all, so there was nothing nefarious about that. But once the ink was dry, the oil-industry ruse was quickly forgotten, and the massive mountainside submarine lair was promptly employed to house a fleet of Russian scientific research vessels for a state-owned concern run by Kremlin insiders.

  And those who knew about Russia’s Navy and intelligence infrastructure in the Arctic knew research vessels often worked hand in hand with both parties, conducting surveillance and even moving combat mini-submarines around in international waters.

  The Norwegian prime minister who sanctioned the deal with the Russians soon left office, only to become the new secretary general of NATO. Shortly thereafter, Russia moved its Northern Fleet to full combat readiness, and it increased activity out of the Barents Sea fivefold as compared to the last of the days when Olavsvern maintained a watchful eye over them.

  • • •

  Russian president Valeri Volodin stood in the Arctic cold with a pleased expression on his face, because he was thinking of Olavsvern now, even though he was some 250 miles to the east.

  This was an auspicious morning here at Yagelnaya Bay, Sayda Inlet, the home of the 31st Submarine Division, and Volodin had the massive base in Norway on his mind because he knew without a shadow of a doubt that if NATO still operated Olavsvern there was no way today’s operation would have had a chance for success.

  The Russian president stood on the bow of the Pyotr Velikiy, a Kirov-class nuclear-powered heavy missile cruiser and the flagship of the Northern Fleet, his Burberry coat buttoned tightly across his chest and his wool hat keeping most of his body heat where it belonged—in his body. The commander of the 31st Submarine Division hovered just behind him on the deck, and he motioned to the fog ahead. Volodin saw nothing at first, but as he peered deeper into the mist, a huge shadow appeared on the cold water, pushing out through the veil of morning vapor.

  Something big, slow, and silent was coming this way.

  Volodin remembered a moment from the time of the Olavsvern sale. Members of the Norwegian media had pressed the ministers responsible for approving the deal about the danger posed by their neighbor Russia. One of the more frank of these ministers replied with a shrug. “We are a NATO member state, but we are also a small and peaceful nation. America, on the other hand, is large and warlike. Jack Ryan will see to Norway’s security if the day comes. Why shouldn’t we use our money for the important causes and let America do the fighting for us, because they love it so much?”

  Volodin smiled now as he looked into the fog hanging over the gray water. Jack Ryan would have no time for Norway. True, the American President loved war, and the excuse of a Scandinavia in peril would be a good one for him, but Valeri Volodin knew something that few on earth knew, least of all Jack Ryan.

  America was about to have much to deal with. Not here in the Arctic, but damn near everywhere else.

  The silent shadow began to take shape, and soon it was visible to all on the deck of the Pyotr Velikiy. It was the pride of the new Russian Navy. A massive new Borei-class nuclear ballistic submarine.

  Volodin knew if NATO was still operating a base here in the Arctic, the vessel before him could have been detected and it would have been tracked by Western craft, both surface and submersible, well before it made it into the safety of deeper waters. And that would have been a shame, as far as the Russian president was concerned, so it was a damn fine thing that the Norwegians sold their strategic base off for pocket change.

  Volodin glowed with satisfaction. Five million U.S. was a small price to pay for Russian naval supremacy of the Arctic.

  The vessel before him had a name, of course; it was called the Knyaz Oleg. But Volodin still liked to think of this one, as well as the four others already in his fleet, by their original code number. “Project 955A” had a nice ring to it; it felt like a fitting title for Russia’s most powerful and most secret weapon.

  The Borei was the fourth generation of what the Americans called SSBN (Ship, Submersible, Ballistic, Nuclear). At 170 meters lo
ng and 13 meters wide, it was huge, although it wasn’t the biggest sub Volodin had ever seen. That would be the Typhoon class, one of the Borei’s predecessors. But while the Borei might not have been as big as the Typhoon, it was far more advanced. It could dive to 1,500 feet and make 30 knots while submersed, and its pump jet propulsion gave it something submariners called “silent speed,” meaning it could travel quickly with very little noise, and it was damn difficult to detect.

  There were ninety crew members on board, and most all of them, including Captain Anatoli Kudinov, stood on the deck and saluted their president as they passed the Pyotr Velikiy.

  Project 955A was no secret to the Americans, but they did not understand the full scope and operational capabilities of these vessels, nor did they realize the Knyaz Oleg was already in service. Soon enough, likely just north of here in the icy waters of Kola Bay, Volodin was certain an American satellite would take note of a Borei leaving Sayda Inlet, sailing away from the protection of its hangar and out into the Barents Sea.

  It was no matter. It might take the Americans a few hours to be sure they were looking at the Knyaz Oleg, but then they would lose interest, as they had no idea it had already been assigned to fleet ops. For a few days the Americans would think the newest Borei was undergoing more sea trials, but that would not last for long, because Valeri Volodin had no plans to make this mission a secret one.

  No . . . Volodin was sending this submarine out on a mission of terror, and the mission hinged on everyone in the world knowing both what it was and, in a general sense, where it was.

  Also standing on the deck of the heavy missile cruiser behind Volodin, ringed by his deputies, was the admiral in command of the 12th Main Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. He was the overall commander of all naval nuclear ordnance, and he’d come along today to wish bon voyage not to the Knyaz Oleg, but to the twelve devices of his that had been loaded into the sub’s weapons stores.

  On board the floating titan passing now just one hundred meters in front of President Volodin were a dozen Bulava ballistic missiles, each one carrying ten warheads. This gave the Knyaz Oleg the ability to prosecute 120 nuclear detonations, meaning this one vessel could, with only slight exaggeration, replace the United States of America with a smoking hole the size of a continent.

  But only if it was close enough to the East Coast of the American shoreline to render America’s missile defense systems irrelevant.

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