IN RECOGNITION OF CAPTAIN PACKARD'S NAVAL INTELLIGENCE TREATISE -- HON. JAMES P. MORAN (Extension of Remarks - October 07, 1997)
HON. JAMES P. MORAN
in the House of Representatives
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1997
- Mr. MORAN of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, Capt. Wyman H. Packard, U.S. Navy (Retired), a constituent of mine from Arlington, has spent the past three decades diligently compiling the first public history of U.S. Naval Intelligence. Today, the result of his effort is a joint publication of the Office of Naval Intelligence and the Naval Historical Center titled `A Century of Naval Intelligence.'
- Captain Packard's undertaking was done without remuneration from the U.S. Government. Rather, he chose to demonstrate that history repeats itself and we have a tendency of going in a circle under the guise of progress. This book will serve as a textbook for the Naval Intelligence School and will provide a starting point for future historical studies. This administrative history studies how the discipline and bureaucracy of naval intelligence evolved.
- Most of Captain Packard's research comes from firsthand experiences. He participated in five major sea engagements during World War II, including Midway, the Coral Sea, and the Solomons. He also served abroad the USS Hornet from the time it was launched and through its brief but heroic history until it was sunk in the Pacific.
- This book clearly demonstrates the importance of naval intelligence to the U.S. national security during peace and war and is a valuable reference for defense professionals.