By Gail Harris
While Gail Harris used to be assigned by way of the U.S. army to a strive against intelligence activity in 1973, she turned the 1st African American lady to carry one of these place. Harris's memoir, A Woman's conflict, follows her 28-year profession as a naval intelligence officer, sharing her certain event and standpoint as she accomplished the advanced activity of supplying intelligence help to army operations whereas additionally fighting the established order, workplace bullies, and politics.
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My obsession gave me the strength and fortitude to endure my first year in the Navy. ”3 Due 16 FIRST ASSIGNMENT—A MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION 17 to the complex nature of antisubmarine warfare, all new naval intelligence officers, before becoming senior intelligence officers, were required to spend a year learning the ropes as an assistant under a junior officer who was either a pilot or a navigator. While extremely excited about embarking on this assignment, I soon discovered that although the squadron’s senior officers wanted the bragging rights of having the first female intelligence officer, they didn’t expect me to actually do anything.
Defeat in the longest, most bitterly fought campaign of the war finally cost the Germans 784 U-boats and 28,000 crewmen. ”6 When the flight returned, I would debrief the flight crew and write a detailed account of everything significant that happened during that trip. My enlisted assistants would take the film from the aircraft cameras over to the photo lab and pore over the films searching for anything of significance. If they found something, they had to do a detailed analysis of each ship, annotate the photos, and provide a detailed intelligence report within a very short window of time.
Military ships. Obviously this information changed frequently. To clarify, I’ll share some intelligence geek stuff with you. To assist in the ASW process, the Navy had developed a system called Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS). SOSUS consists of a bunch of hydrophones mounted on the ocean floor connected by undersea cables to shore locations. Essentially they were listening devices. All things in the ocean emit sounds. Based on the sound frequencies you can identify what the source of the sound is.