Oil & Energy Investor by Dr. Kent Moors

America’s First Spy Sub: Innovation, Tragedy, and Heroism in the Early Days of the Cold War

by | published November 8th, 2018

It was August 1949. World War II had been over for almost exactly four years.

But something else had taken its place.

A replacement war. A non-shooting war.

A Cold War.

The Soviet Union had flipped from ally to enemy, instituting a blockade in Berlin, and thrusting Eastern Europe behind an “Iron Curtain.” Chairman Mao Zedong’s Communist Army had pushed Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek out of China, and to Formosa (Taiwan).

America and its allies watched as Communism spread like a plague – and adopted a non-shooting strategy called “containment.”

This wasn’t just a new war, it was a new kind of war – one with the highest stakes in history. New technologies had created new weapons – weapons so powerful that a single bomb could destroy an entire city.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t completely clear just who possessed these weapons – or the rockets, ships or planes needed to deliver those weapons to their targets.

This lack of information – this uncertainty – was a dominant theme of the Cold War. It would be almost seven years before the Lockheed U-2 spy plane made its first overflight of Soviet territory.

It would be nearly 10 years before the United States launched its first spy satellite – codenamed “Corona” – which could grab images of Soviet airfields, naval bases and missile-launching facilities. And it would be almost two decades before the first operational mission of the Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” – a stealthy, Mach 3 spy jet that was fired at but never hit during all the years it was used.

This lack of access – and the lack of “hard data” that resulted – bedeviled the Pentagon for much of the Cold War, triggering fears of a “missile gap” and a “bomber gap” with the Soviet Union.

The United States had the atom bomb. The Soviets didn’t.

Or at least we didn’t think they did.

Here, at the dawn of the Cold War, this “not knowing” was terrifying – and couldn’t be tolerated. It set into motion a cycle of innovation-fueled espionage that continually pushed the boundaries on risk-taking. That sometimes led to tragedy. But it also gave rise to the heroism folks are capable of when they find that their backs are to the wall.

Today’s tale is just such a story.

It was August 1949.

The Old New Cold War

by | published November 3rd, 2018

We’ve been talking about a new Cold War for at least four years now. Every tension between the U.S. and another country – Russia in particular – brings forth comparisons.

In 2010, people were writing about a new “Cyber Cold War” as the age of the internet raised new concerns no one had ever dreamed previously.

In 2014, the conflict between Ukraine and Russia with Western nations getting involved spawned more discussions that a new Cold War was in the works.

In 2015, China and North Korea entered the fray, leading people to continue speculation of the new Cold War.

In fact, just the way that people have been predicting a new Cold War for years may just mean that rather than just saying, we are indeed already living a new Cold War, whether we realize it or not.

Or, perhaps, the original Cold War never really ended.

These days, the tensions between the U.S. and various other countries are simply too much to ignore.

I’m nearly certain that a new Cold War has been in effect for some time now.

And between the U.S. and more than one country, that’s for certain.