Dick Couch is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Acade- my and served with the Navy UDT and SEAL Teams. While a platoon commander with SEAL Team One in 1970, he led one of the only successful POW rescue operations of the Vietnam War. On release from active duty in 1972, he joined the Cen- tral Intelligence Agency where he served as a Mari- time Operations officer. Dick retired from the Naval Reserve in 1997 as the senior reserve SEAL officer with the rank of captain. He began his writ- ing career in 1990 and has published four novels: SEAL Team One, Pressure Point, Silent Descent, and Rising Wind. The Warrior Elite was his first non-fic- tion work, published in November of 2001 by Crown Books. US Armed Forces Nuclear, Chemical, Biological Survival Manual (Basic Books), edited by Dick, will be publishing in Feb. 2003. In the sum- mer of 2003, Dick and Cliff Hollenbeck, award win- ning photo journalist, will publish To Be a Navy SEAL (Motor Books International), a table-top, full- color pictorial book that will feature Basic UDT/SEAL Training with a 20,000 word essay by Dick. Scheduled for release in the fall of 2003 is The Mercenary Option, a novel to be published by Pock- et Books.