Published Works

Brandy, Our Man in Acapulco: The Life and Times of Colonel Frank M. Brandstetter


In 1999, Dr. Monetta and co-author Rodney P. Carlisle published this historical memoir of Colonel Brandstetter, a WWII human intelligence officer and war hero. The memoir chronicles Colonel Brandstetter’s involvement in WWII, and his later exploits developing the famous Las Brisas resort in Acapulco. At Las Brisas, Colonel Brandsetter hosted NASA astronauts, celebrities and world leaders.

Brandy, Our Man in Acapulco is available here.



The Combustion Research Facility: Model for a 21st-Century Open User Facility

CombustionFacilityCoverResizedInitially published in 2002, this book presents a history of the Combustion Research Facility (CRF) located at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California. The CRF serves to “bridge the institutional gaps between industry, academia, and government” as a way to bring government, industry and applied research together productively. This work details the principles utilized to build such a unique capability as a reference for “others seeking to establish special research facilities.”

Copies of The Combustion Research Facility are available here.


PAM: A Guide for the Executive
In his work at the PAM institute, Dr. Monetta served as the executive editor of this guide to Project Appraisal Methodology. The guide explores the application of PAM in decision making, the facilitation of the PAM process and steps for implementing PAM in a new organization. The Guide is currently in its second edition.

For more information about Project Appraisal Methodology and the PAM Institute, please call (202)-332-7284.


Recommended Reading:

Powder and Propellants 1890-1990: Energetic Materials at Indian Head, Maryland

PowderPropellantsCoverResizedAuthored by Dr. Monetta’s friend, Dr. Rodney Carlisle, Powder and Propellants chronicles the history of the Naval Ordnance Station at Indian Head Maryland from the end of the age of fighting sail through the nuclear era. A key asset to the U.S. Navy, the Naval Ordnance Station was the only “Navy-owned and Navy-operated production facility” for energetic materials. Dr. Monetta served as the Technical Director at Indian Head from 1986-1989, when Dr. Carlisle wrote this textbook.

A copy of Powder and Propellants can be obtained here.