The Big Book of Warfare...and other stuff’s genesis was a few years ago, when I realized the following:
Most generalist military “how-to” guides, such as James F. Dunnigan's book How to Make War leave a lot to be desired. While they are good primers for someone who is a total neophyte in military matters; but for someone who knows a bit more than the average person, they're next to useless; restating the obvious.
I have been accumulating military information and tidbits for the last couple of years; and I realized that if I could collate them all, and organize them into a easy-to-read format, such a thing would be very useful as a reference source.
Originally, the plan was to publish the Big Book of Warfare in a spiral-bound format at Lulu.com, for about $20 bucks; but since then, I've decided to maintain it as an online reference work, in the same vein as Project Rho's Atomic Rocket website.
FOOTNOTE: Ironically, the name “Big Book of Warfare” was suggested as a joke on Star Destroyer Net by the user Starglider while this reference work was still in private development, and Starglider didn't know that I already had picked BBOW as an interim name:
Chris OFarrell wrote:
* I suspect Shep likes to donate copies of this to grade school libraries.