I have no great original thoughts of my own today, so I thought I’d draw your attention to a couple of things worth checking out, depending on your particular interests (part 2)…
“Uncovering the Role of the Navy in Strategic Command and Control and U.S. Foreign Relations in the Cold War”
Naval History Seminar with Dr. Jonathan Winkler
January 21, 2009, at the Naval History Museum in the Washington Naval Yard in DC.
Drawing from his work, Nexus: Strategic Communications and American Security in World War I, Jonathan Reed Winkler shows how U.S. officials during World War I discovered the enormous value of global communications. At the outbreak of war in 1914, British control of the cable network affected the Americans’ ability to communicate internationally, and the development of radio worried the Navy about hemispheric security. The benefits of a U.S. network became evident during the war, especially in the gathering of intelligence. This led to the creation of a peacetime intelligence operation, later termed the “Black Chamber,” the forerunner of the National Security Agency. These efforts set important precedents for later developments in telephony, shortwave radio, satellites—even the internet.