MEMOIR

The Pentagon, Trained Killers, and the Hush Puppy Shuffle

A true story

Adelia Ritchie, PhD
ILLUMINATION-Curated
7 min readDec 29, 2023

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“Ritchie, we’ve got a hot congressional here. Get a response together, coordinate it with the OSD* staff, and have it on my desk by tomorrow afternoon. Somebody on the Hill wants to kill the [XYZ] program, but you and I know how much the Air Force needs that weapon system.”

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Adelia Ritchie, PhD
ILLUMINATION-Curated

Author, science lover, contributing editor at SalishMagazine.org, expat, seeking the interesting and unusual.