On Our Scope

Throughout the Cold War, the United States and Soviet Union engaged in heated military and technological competition on land, at sea, in the air, and in outer space. The Soviets won the first round of the Space Race in 1957 with the successful launch of Sputnik 1. While America's initial attempts to respond in kind didn't make it off the launch pad, the U.S. Navy surged ahead in the undersea race. In his article "Incredible Voyage," Carl LaVO describes the first submerged circumnavigation of the earth - the touch-and-go shakedown cruise of the USS Triton (SSRN-586) 50 years ago.

The superpowers also waged a relentless espionage war. The clandestine conflict repeatedly made U.S. headlines in 1985, the "Year of the Spy," when a series of Americans were arrested for passing classified information to foreign governments. One of the year's biggest cases centered on former chief warrant officer John Walker, who sold Navy secrets to the Soviets for 18 years. John Prados concludes our Cold War coverage by recounting the tale of Walker and his ring of naval spies in "The Navy's Biggest Betrayal."

On a final note, change is often bittersweet. For the past five years, Senior Editor James Caiella has served as my right hand - editing articles, reviewing manuscripts, checking facts, and generally performing the work of at least several people. As he now moves on to face new challenges, I wish him well. Fortunately, Jim will continue as part of the Naval History team, albeit in a reduced role. While this issue marks his last as a full-time editor, it's the first Associate Editor Eric Mills has toiled over from beginning to end. A former acquisitions editor at the Naval Institute Press, Eric is a welcome addition to the team.

Richard G. Latture

Editor-in-Chief

 

 
 

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