Glomar Explorer History Declassified


I’d meant to post a new item on the dirty war in Algeria that I’d been preparing for several days.  However, a hard drive crash last night put the kibosh on that for the foreseeable future.  So, I’ll just post a couple intelligence-related items that I’ve run across in the last couple of days.

Intrepid researcher Matthew Aid has obtained the declassification through FOIA of a CIA history of the Glomar Explorer project, which the CIA now admits, was launched to lift a Soviet strategic nuclear submarine off the floor of the Pacific Ocean in the 1970s.  This 50 page history appeared in the Fall, 1985 issue of the CIA’s in-house journal, Studies in Intelligence.  Now, as people who are readers of Studies both historically and in its current incarnation will notice is that this is an unusally long article.  To me this suggests that perhaps this item was originally prepared as an actual official history rather than as a general interest (albeit classified) journal article.  To my mind, this would make it all the more interesting.

All that, however, is mere speculation.  In any event…well done, Matthew.

Published in: on February 16, 2010 at 2:05 AM  Comments (1)  
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  1. You are very welcome. MMA

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