- ISBN/SKU: 9781591142515
- Binding: Paperback & eBook
- Era: World War II/Cold War
- Number of Pages: 264
- Subject: Espionage/Intelligence
- Date Available: April 2014
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"The Admirals’ Advantage is a valuable book, worthy of study by historians of intelligence and of the Cold War. Far too often, histories of this period discuss the decisions of politicians and commanders without considering the manner in which intelligence shaped the perceptions of those decision-makers. Analyzing the history of recent events is always risky, but for that very reason readers should applaud Christopher Ford and David Rosenberg for their efforts."
—U.S. Military History Review
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This analytic and historical study provides a revealing look at naval operational intelligence by embracing the fundamental question of what OPINTEL is and how it answers the fundamental question "Where is the enemy, in what strength, and disposition, and what is he doing right now?" It is primarily the result of an Operational Intelligence Lessons-Learned Symposium held at the National Maritime Intelligence Training Center in Dam Neck, Virginia, 12-13 September 1998. The participants included senior intelligence professionals whose mandate was to explore the ramifications of the evolution of naval operational intelligence since World War II. Current practices were also explored with inputs from current practitioners as represented by various fleet and shore commands. Additional sources for the study were oral interviews and correspondence with senior members of the intelligence community. The authors have scrupulously taken the work as close to the edge of security classification as is possible to enhance its value without being damaging to national security.
Christopher Ford and David Rosenberg led a team of U.S. Navy Reserve intelligence officers who compiled OPINTEL lessons learned in 1994–2004. In their civilian careers, Ford is Republican Chief Counsel to the Senate Appropriations Committee and a former senior State Department official. Rosenberg is an internationally recognized historian of twentieth-century naval and nuclear history and a staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses.