While the intelligence community can claim several successes over the past several decades, it has also endured a number of humiliating failures. Distinguished author and historian, Norman Polmar discusses Cold War examples that demonstrate how these intelligence breakdowns have been at the heart of pivotal events that arguably altered the course of the Cold War and which thrusted the United States into World War II and the modern war on terror.
Norman Polmar is an author, analyst, and consultant specializing in naval, aviation, and technology subjects. He has been a consultant or advisor on naval issues to three U.S. Senators and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to the director of the Los Alamos national laboratory, and to the leadership of the U.S., Australian, Chinese, and Israeli Navies.

He has written or co-authored more than 50 published books and numerous articles on naval, aviation, technology, and intelligence subjects. He has written columns for the Naval Institute magazines Proceedings (1978—2015) and Naval History (1997—present). From 1967 to 1977, he was editor of the United States sections of the annual reference Jane’s Fighting Ships, being completely responsible for almost one-third of that annual reference work. He left Jane’s to become author/editor of the definitive reference books Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet (nine editions) and Guide to the Soviet Navy (four editions). Mr. Polmar has traveled extensively in Europe, Soviet Union/Russia, North Africa, Middle East, Far East, and the Caribbean, including Cuba.

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Author/Historian Norman Polmar Image courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute

Author/Historian Norman Polmar Image courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute