James Tritten


Pen Name:

Jim Tritten 


Articles, Children’s, Essays, Horror, Memoir, Mystery, Other Nonfiction



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Jim retired after a forty-four year career with the Department of Defense including duty as a carrier-based naval aviator. He holds advanced degrees from the University of Southern California and formerly served as a faculty member and National Security Affairs department chair at the Naval Postgraduate School. Dr. Tritten’s publications have won him twenty-two writing awards, including the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award from the Navy League of the U.S.. He has published five books and hundreds of chapters, articles, and government technical reports. Jim was a frequent speaker at many military and international conferences and has seen his work translated into Russian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

His first novel (out to agents for review), Fatal Waters, is set in Sandoval County, New Mexico, along the Rio Puerco and involves a suspicious death, a new infectious disease, a land swindle, the source of new natural antibiotics, a bioscience cartel that will do anything to gain control of the land and water rights, and a good deal of corruption. Jim’s main character is a Hispanic male Navy veteran who is combating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) while dealing with numerous unforeseen problems and villains. His second mystery, Fatal Meeting, is in the outline stage and is also set along the Rio Puerco in a fictitious high-end resort.


CorralesWritingGroupAnthologyAnthology: Corrales Writing Group 2014 Anthology
♦ Editor, Contributor

Publisher: CreateSpace (2014)
Genre: Mixed

“So How Much Did Those Running Shoes Cost?” ♦ Memoir
“Get-Home-Itis” ♦ Memoir
“Kato’s Grand Adventure” ♦ Co-author: Jasmine Tritten ♦ Short Story

This anthology is a compilation of work written by members of the Corrales Writing Group, located in central New Mexico. It includes memoirs, humor, philosophy, fantasy, poignancy, whimsy and fiction that will make the reader laugh, cry, smile, and reminisce. Topics range from romance, to travel, multiple types of aviation, jokes, the meaning of life, sailing, village life, close encounters with wild animals, a burial, an automobile accident, a bedtime and a children’s story.

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Doctrine ReaderTitle: A Doctrine Reader
Sub-title: The Navies of the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, and Spain
Publisher: Department of the Navy (2006)
Genre: Military Nonfiction

In March 1993, the United States Navy and Marine Corps established the Naval Doctrine Command as the primary authority for the development of naval concepts and integrated naval doctrine. Although this was the first time the sea services had established a formal command to prepare and publish multi-service naval doctrine, it was not the first time that either service, or navies in general, had formal written doctrine. In the minds of most serving officers, however, doctrine was something new for the fleet. The major message of A Doctrine Reader is that naval and navy doctrine is not new and there is value today in reviewing the lessons from of past doctrinal development experiences. Newport Paper #9 contains the results of research conducted on 5 navies. Each has a unique story to tell, and each story has value for us today. This paper concludes with an interpretive essay on the relationship of doctrine to technology and makes a strong case for the uniqueness of naval warfare.

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Our New National Security Strategy jpegTitle: Reconstituting America’s Defense
Sub-title: The New U.S. National Security Strategy
Publisher: Praeger (1992)

Genre: Military Nonfiction

This book analyzes President Bush’s new Regional Defense Strategy–the master plan that will guide the transformation of U.S. defense policy for the post-Cold War era. Most recent books on defense prescribe how U.S. policy ought to change or critique past policies without taking Bush’s new strategy into account. This book takes a different approach, providing the first comprehensive assessment of the new Regional Defense Strategy, analyzing the consequences for U.S. forces and alliance relations, and examining the political difficulties of transforming President Bush’s vision into reality. It explains major changes in U.S. defense doctrine and strategy, force and command structure, future programming requirements, and the major question of how such a significant change was managed in the United States.

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SovietNavalForcesAndNuclearWarfareTitle: Soviet Naval Forces and Nuclear Warfare
Sub-title: Weapons, Employment, and Policy
Publisher: Westview (1986)

Genre: Military Nonfiction

Based on formal content analysis of the writings of Admiral Gorshkov and past Soviet ministers of defense and heads of the Politburo, James Tritten interprets what the Soviets say they will do in the event of nuclear war. He then constructs a hardware and exercise analysis of the strategic employment of the Soviet Navy in a nuclear war, offering three possible cases–the “bolt from the blue,” with existing forces on patrol; full mobilization; and a plausible case of partial mobilization. In addition, Dr. Tritten examines, from a Soviet perspective, concepts of deterrence, the strategic goals and missions of the fleet, nuclear targeting policy, the Sea Lines of Communication disruption mission, and the potential for tactical nuclear warfare limited to the sea. The author concludes by assessing the implications of Soviet politico-military planning for Western defense strategy and arms control.

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“21st Century Illustrated Man” ♦ Caesura Journal / Issue 3, December 2016, pp. 35-42
“Taking Off the Uniform” ♦ As You Were: The Military Review / November 11, 2016
“Dad I’m on an All-Plant Diet” ♦ The Basil O’ Flaherty / November 11, 2016
“Saunagus” ♦ Lost River: A Literary Magazine / Issue 1, Fall 2016, pp. 31-37
“The Perfect Woman” ♦ The Basil O’ Flaherty / July 10, 2016
“Only in New Mexico: Bona Fides” ♦ New Mexico Magazine / December 2015
“Adjusting to New Realities” ♦ Hope and Courage: Military Writers Society of America 2015 Anthology / September 2, 2015
“New Realities” ♦ Blue Nostalgia: A Journal of Post-Traumatic Growth, Summer 2015
“The Story of a U.S. Navy S-2 Tracker that lost one engine, at night, in bad weather, off Norway” ♦ The Aviationist / January 23, 2015
“The Jim Effect” ♦ National Alliance on Mental Illness / November 12, 2014
“Forgotten soldiers of a forgotten war” ♦ Albuquerque Journal / November 10, 2014
“Round Engines” ♦ The Wings of Gold / Winter 2013 

Short Stories

Currents Corrales Writing Group 2015 Anthology150“Big Noses”
“Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!”
“Just Let Jasmine Do It”
“What do I Have to do to Make Electricity Work?”
Anthology: Currents: Corrales Writing Group 2015 Anthology
Publisher: CreateSpace (2015)

Currents is an anthology of work from the Corrales Writing Group for the year 2015. It includes humor, fiction, essays and memoir.

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Writers Anarchy IV Horror150“The Mask”
Anthology: Writers’ Anarchy IV: Horror (Volume 4)
Publisher: CreateSpace (2015)

Ghosts haunt the corridors, masks possess, and horrifying giants roam the countryside in this collection of insidious, unsettling horror. Challenge your perceptions. Be thrilled by classic and modern takes on one of the oldest genres of fiction in the world. Featuring a wide array of stories from writers all across the globe, Writers’ Anarchy IV is sure to chill with its tales of the monsters in our minds, and the horrors of the soul.

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Catching-Calliope-Winter-2015-Volume-4“Why Did They Invent Pink Duct Tape?”
Anthology: Catching Calliope, Winter 2015 (Number 4)
Publisher: Swimming with Elephants Publications (2015)

The Winter 2015 collection of Creative Writing from the Rio Rancho Creative Writing Community.

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Voices-III-reduced-size“Dad, I’m on an All-Plant Diet”
Anthology: More Voices of New Mexico
Publisher: Rio Grande Books (2015)

More Voices of New Mexico is the third edition of the Voices award-winning series for the New Mexico Book Co-op. It gives writers a chance to express themselves and get their essays out to the public. There are beginners in the book and established authors. All have a voice waiting to be heard. Some of the essays are funny, some are sad, and some are information to live by. There are poems, art, photos, and many words about New Mexico. This is a little snapshot into the lives of many people and what is important to them. Curl up with a book in front of a fire and READ! New Mexico books are worth the time. You might have forgotten how much fun it can be to read a book!

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