Design, Composition & Production Services

The Lightning Press offers design, composition and production services for those units and organizations wishing their own tactical SOP, handbooks, and other doctrinal support materials. With more than a dozen separate books in our SMARTbook military reference series currently in circulation, we have authored and published more than 40 military doctrinal reference books over the past 20 years. The Lightning Press is the only author/editor/publisher currently in the military professional reading category that exclusively and directly produces doctrinally-based, institutionally- and organizationally-recognized reference books for the military. Our military reference series of books are carried at virtually every Army and Air Force base around the world and have spanned the globe with nearly a half-million copies sold. In addition to our military technical writing and publishing resume, we are intimately familiar with military operations firsthand. We can start a project from scratch, or our SMARTbooks can be edited, custom-tailored and reproduced with unit-specific material for any unit or organization.

SMARTbooks – A “Turn-Key” Solution for Doctrine & Training
The “SMARTbook” series of military reference books is a series of mutually-supporting military reference publications, which together represent a complete stand-alone “professional military library.” SMARTbooks can be used as quick reference guides during actual tactical field operations, as study guides at military education and professional development courses, and as lesson plans and checklists in support of training. The SMARTbook military reference series is used by military professionals around the world at the organizational/institutional level: operational units across the full spectrum of operations; military education and professional development courses; combatant command and joint force headquarters; and allied, coalition and multinational partner support and training to include NATO, Iraq and the Afghanistan. Plus our products can be regionally-tailored to support Combatant Command theater security cooperation training and exercises!

Full-Service Publishing Solutions
Our full-service publishing solutions run the full spectrum from research, design and creation, production/printing/binding, eBook and digital library creation, distribution, project management and consulting. Specific content services include research, document structuring and organization, interior layout and style, formatting, typesetting, technical and illustrative art, cover design, comprehensive copy editing, (military/doctrinal) technical editing, proofing, and indexing.

Consulting and Project Management Services
Our qualified military tactical and operational expertise – and established track record as a military reference author/editor/publisher — set us apart from other technical writers and publishers as it allows a unique capability and keen insight and grasp of military principles and fundamentals. We have the ability to be available to work, collaborate, and communicate directly with members of the unit’s staff in order to effectively research, author and produce any final product.

eBook and Electronic Library (Digital) Services
We offer a complete go-to-market solution that includes file conversion, secure log-in, digital asset management, distribution, and device-specific readers and applications. With one file, you can read and transfer our digital SMARTbooks (eBooks) across 85+ devices and applications that support Adobe eBook DRM. Our digital SMARTbooks are authorized to a user’s Adobe ID and can be transferred to up to six devices and six computers via Adobe Digital Editions. Digital SMARTbooks are available in two formats, PDF and ePub. Our eBook solutions can also be completely web-based or CD/DVD-based.

The Lightning Press is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business DOD-approved vendor and federally registered in the Central Contractor Registry. We are federally registered — to include the System for Award Management (SAM), Wide Area Workflow (WAWF), FedBizOpps, and FEDPAY — and can be contracted for our services/products.

For more information about our design and composition services, please contact us at [email protected]

About the Science of Doctrine…

Military doctrine is a body of thought on how military forces intend to operate as an integral part of a joint force. Doctrine focuses on how to think—not what to think. It is a guide to action, not a set of fixed rules. It combines history, an understanding of the operational environment, and assumptions about future conditions to help leaders think about how best to accomplish missions. It provides an authoritative guide for leaders and Soldiers but requires original applications that adapt it to circumstances. Doctrine should foster initiative and creative thinking.

Doctrine establishes a common frame of reference; including intellectual tools that military leaders use to solve military problems. It is a menu of practical options based on experience. By establishing common approaches to military tasks, doctrine promotes mutual understanding and enhances effectiveness. It facilitates communication among Soldiers and contributes to a shared professional culture. By establishing a commonly understood set of terms and symbols, doctrine facilitates rapid dissemination of orders and fosters collaborative synchronization among units. It establishes the foundation for curricula in the Military Education System.

Military doctrine forms the basis for training and leader development standards and support products. Training standards provide performance baselines to evaluate how well a task is executed. Together, doctrine, training, and resources form the key to military readiness. Doctrine consists of fundamental principles; tactics, techniques, and procedures; and terms and symbols.

Applying Informational Art to Doctrinal Science…

SMARTbooks can be used as quick reference guides during actual tactical combat operations, as study guides at military education and professional development courses, and as lesson plans and checklists in support of training. Serving a generation of warfighters, military reference SMARTbooks have become “mission-essential” around the world:

  • Military education and professional development courses/schools: officer and noncommissioned officer basic and advanced courses, NCO and Sergeants Major Academy, West Point and ROTC, Command & General Staff College (CGSC), Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) and the War College
  • National Training Center (NTC), Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) and Battle Command Training Program (BCTP)
  • Active, Reserve and Guard units across the full-spectrum of operations
  • Global War on Terrorism operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Asia-Pacific
  • Combatant Command (COCOM) and JTF Headquarters around the world
  • Allied, coalition and multinational partner support and training to include NATO, Iraq and the Afghanistan National Army