This is the fourth section of the twelfth chapter of Sonnets from a Proton. The novel starts here.
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Jane threw her pad onto the bed in disgust. Realising what she needed to do she reluctantly grabbed it again and fired up the dictation function.
Having just received your report on what you laughingly title ‘the Freedom incident’ I must protest at your decisions. Fillwick Enterprises have generously given you an advance delivery of our latest fighters and we know you have all of your past frigates available for planetary defense. We also know you have taken delivery of the new Lockheed Orion battleships so your assertion that ‘planetary defense must take first priority’ is not the question. Terrorists in the belt have got hold of technology in advance of our current projections and plans and the best way to counter the threat is through good intelligence and correct application of overwhealming force before they can bring their plans to fruition. To sit and wait for them to come to you is to paint a bullseye on your ships.
If you wish to continue with Fillwick’s full cooperation I advise you set your mind to gaining this intelligence and the correct application of force.
Jane Fillwick CEO Fillwick Enterprises.