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Winter Is Coming

Extended geopolitical cycles usually end in war. A major test of U.S. power, which may already be under way, could signal the end of the current cycle. Winter is coming, and there is much to do to prepare.

By Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

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Hedy Lamarr Received Patent

August 11, 1942, Hedy Markey, better known as actress Hedy Lamarr, received a patent for a secret communication system.

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SIGINT Collection Ships Part 8 of 8 – USS PUEBLO

The risk for USS Pueblo to operate in international waters off North Korea was considered minimal because of the following:
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SIGINT Collection Ships Part 7 of 8 – CLICK BETTLE Phase II Operations – Continuous Coverage

CLICK BEETLE Phase II was initiated by Commander Task Force 96 (COMNAVFORJAP) Operation Order (OPORDER) 301-68 of January 3, 1968.
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SIGINT Collection Ships Part 6 of 8 – Now Escorted and Armed

On June 8, 1967, while conducting SIGINT operations off the Egyptian coast, USS Liberty (AGTR 5) (featured image), was attacked by Israeli aircraft and motor torpedo boats and received severe damage from a torpedo and gunfire.

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SIGINT Collection Ships Part 5 of 8 – Soviet Fleet Exercise off Norway

Between June 21 and September 14, 1966, USS Atakapa (ATF 149) (featured image), equipped with electronics intercept equipment, first conducted electronic surveillance of a Soviet fleet exercise off Norway and then operated briefly in the Baltic Sea.

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SIGINT Collection Ships Part 4 of 8 – CLICK BEETLE Operations

The environmental research ship USS Banner (AGER 1) (featured image) carried out SIGINT operations in the Western Pacific from August 1965 to December 1967 under the code name CLICK BEETLES.

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SIGINT Collection Ships Part 3 of 8 – Technical Research Ships

Surface collectors of intelligence of indirect support to the Navy, but under the technical direction and control of the National Security Agency, were the technical research ships –

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SIGINT Collection Ships Part 2 of 8 – DESOTO Patrols

In early April 1962, the destroyer USS DeHaven (DD 727) made the first DESOTO Patrol (A) along the northern coast of China from the Taiwan Strait to the vicinity of Tsingtao and back.  Continue reading “SIGINT Collection Ships Part 2 of 8 – DESOTO Patrols”

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