Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Norman Polmar Lecture at University Club’s Military History Legion Event

May 28, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

SURPRISE: U.S. and Western Intelligence and Warning Failures during the Cold War

By Norman Polmar

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

6:30 pm – Cocktails

7:00 pm – Presentation

Since the end of World War II, a number of key developments, especially with regard to Soviet missile and submarine advances, caught the Western intelligence agencies by surprise.  These surprises undercut our military readiness and negotiating initiatives during the Cold War.  They also could have had grave consequences if hostilities had broken out.  In his lecture entitled SURPRISE: U.S. and Western Intelligence and Warning Failures during the Cold War, Mr. Norman Polmar, a leading expert in the field, will give his explanation of  the reasons for these numerous failures, carry the issue of intelligence failures into the post-Cold War era, and offer possible courses of remedial action for the future.
Norman Polmar is an analyst, consultant and author, specializing in aviation, naval and intelligence subjects.  He has been a consultant or advisor to three U.S. Senators, the Speaker of the House, the White House, and to various Navy and Department of Defense officials. He has written or coauthored 50 published books, including the definitive reference books Guide to the Soviet Navy (4 editions) and Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet (9 editions).  He has published numerous articles in major newspapers and magazines, and is a columnist for the Naval Institute magazines Proceedingsand Naval History.
Members/guests: $26.00 open bar
or $15 for up to 2 non-alcoholic beverages
*** hors d’oeuvres ***
Everyone is invited to dinner with the speaker after the event(University Club member account, credit cards or cash — no checks)

The May University Club’s Military History Legion event with NORMAN POLMAR has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 28, with the reception starting at 6:30 pm, and the talk at 7:00.
Please e-mail Brad Elmore (belmore@universityclubdc.com for a reservation. It’s also fine to just show up if your schedule prevents planning ahead, you can pay at the door.
Best to BRING CASH (or use your UC member account)
·         Checks not accepted
·         Credit cards accepted, but due to current logistics, are held and run after everyone signs in—if you’re ok with that, feel free to pay by credit card. (A 3% fee is added to credit card payments.)


May 28, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Categories:
, ,


Brad Elmore


University Club
1135 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036 United States
+ Google Map
202 862 8800