Capt. Alfred Scott McLaren, USN (Ret.) PhD is a veteran of more than twenty Cold War missions and three Arctic expeditions. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and two Legions of Merit as a Cold War submarine commander. President of The American Polar Society and former president of The Explorers Club, he is the author of Unknown Waters: A First-Hand Account of the Historic Under-Ice Survey of the Siberian Continental Shelf by USS Queenfish (SSN 651). He is a resident of Nederland, Colorado.