By Gail Harris
While Gail Harris was once assigned via the U.S. military to a strive against intelligence task in 1973, she turned the 1st African American girl to carry the sort of place. Harris's memoir, A Woman's warfare, follows her 28-year occupation as a naval intelligence officer, sharing her precise event and viewpoint as she accomplished the advanced job of offering intelligence help to army operations whereas additionally scuffling with the established order, place of work bullies, and politics.
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On the first two days of your rotation, you came in to work from seven in the morning to three in the afternoon. Because of the intensity of the work environment, you were expected to actually arrive at work an hour before your scheduled watch, and you generally didn’t leave until an hour after your shift was over. On the second day, you started your watch at seven, left work at three, and had to be back at eleven the evening of the same day to stand a watch from eleven at night to seven the next morning.
It seemed even with my two enlisted assistants there to help, it took three guys to fill in for me. My medical leave caused them to realize how much work was involved in providing the level of intelligence support I had been supplying. I was viewed with a new professional respect. 30 CHAPTER 2 It turned out to be a great deployment involving lots of hard work and a few more challenges but resulted in a follow-on assignment to one of the most prestigious jobs available for a junior intelligence officer.
I realized I would have a tremendous learning curve and started to panic since I was not familiar with most of the intelligence sources my new department head continued to talk about during my orientation. As a squadron intelligence officer, my only focus had been on the capabilities of the Soviet military forces. The only intelligence collection system I had needed to understand was the SOSUS network. Every day in addition to the SOSUS reports on submarine locations, I had received a newspaper-like report that told me where the Soviet navy ships and aircraft were operating in the Pacific.