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By John Ringo

WITH acquaintances LIKE THESE... With the Earth within the direction of the rapacious Posleen, the peaceable and pleasant races of the Galactic Federation supply their assets to aid the backward Terrans -- for a cost. Humanity now has 3 worlds to protect. As Earth's armies rush into conflict and unique operations devices scout alien worlds, the people start to examine a helpful lesson: you could guard yourself out of your enemies, yet may perhaps the Lord prevent out of your allies.

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It was the first piece of Galactic technology he had encountered and it met all the criteria for good science fiction. On the other hand, the first thing it did was get a fact wrong. "The President signed emergency reactivation papers on all members of the GalTech conference with prior service at seven twenty-three am this morning. " The NCO's stone-hard face tracked to the general like an armored turret. " The general shrugged. "I guess somebody figured better safe than sorry. " Mike scratched his chin and looked at the ceiling, taking note of the black domes of security cameras.

Good point," Horner admitted. "But firing from the hip is only a short-range answer. " "Yes, and that's the point. " Mike cocked an eyebrow. "I had actually gotten that far myself," Horner noted. He gifted Mike with another cold smile and folded his hands in his lap. He had tired of complaints, it was time for ideas. O'Neal nodded and reopened the briefing packet. "To stop them will require infantry. We can degrade them with artillery; air is out; we might be able to come up with a wonder tank, but if it's too big the production end will kill us.

Not necessarily," interjected Mike. He flipped to another page of the briefing packet. "Think of it this way. The Posleen fight in phalanx, right? " The general's eyes narrowed as he watched Mike, working through the logic. "And they basically can't be routed. " Mike scratched his chin in thought. "The Galactics never have been able to," Horner pointed out. The possibility that humans might be able to was inherent in the correction. " Mike shook his head at the thought, tapping his cheek and scratching the slight stubble already arising.

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