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I was there on the front lines, when the Cold War was Hot

Background Information

I am a Boston University graduate with over 30 years experience in security in Europe.

In 2007, I started a second career as a "writer" with two books published by McFarland & Company:

Cold War Radio: The Dangerous World of American Broadcasting in Europe, 1950-1989 (March 2009) and Radio Free Europe's Crusade for Freedom: Rallying Americans Behind Cold War Broadcasting (October 2010). Both are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other Internet book sellers.

I am also the "owner" of a blog on Cold War history at

My other articles have appeared in the following publications:

  •   Intelligencer, USA, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010
  •  Security and Intelligence Review, USA, 1994 (two parts)
  •  Intelligence, Paris, 1996
  •  Cash, a four-part series in 1997, a five-part series  in1998,Bulgaria
  •  The Falling Leaf, Journal of the PsyWar Society, UK, 1999,  2008
  •  The Journal of Intelligence History, Germany, Winter 2001
  •   Censorship: An International Encyclopedia, UK, November  2001
  •  Radio-Kurrier, Germany, July 2002 
  •  Index on Censorship, UK, September 2003
  •  The Journal of Transatlanitic Studies, 2008

Conferences at which I gave papers / presentations include:

  • The Wrath of the Chief Architect: Ceausescu’s War against Radio Free Europe, International Conference, Bucharest, Romania. November 2007.
  • America’s Crusade for Freedom, 1950 - 1965. Transatlantic Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Dundee, Scotland. July 2008.
  • Radio Free Europe – The Battlefield. International Conference, Lublin, Poland. November 2008
  • KGB Controlled Joint Intelligence Operations against Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty and Émigrés in Munich. International Conference, Prague, Czech Republic. November 2008
  • Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, Clinton Institute, University College, Dublin, Ireland, February 2009
  • America's Crusade for Freedom, Aleksanteri Conference, Helsinki, Finland, October 2009  
  • CIA, Crusade for Freedom and Radio Free Asia, International Intelligence History Association conference, Tutzing, Germany April 2010
  • Conference on Radio Free Europe's Broadcast to Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria, November 2011
  • Conference on 60th Anniversary of Radio Free Europe's First Broadcast to Poland from Munich, Warsaw, Poland, December 2012





Birth Place
Malden, MA USA
Additional Information

"Intelligence Reports" by Oliver Schmidt, L'Harmattan, Paris, 2008, contains my Chapter (3), "Piccadilly--The Bulgarian Umbrella Murder in London"

Favorite Links

Cold War Radios

Intelligence Literature

Cold War Radio: The Dangerous History of American Broadcasting in Europe, 1950-1989
published in March 2009 by McFarland & Co

The Ether War: Hostile Intelligence Activities...
Journal of Transatlantic Studies, Volume 6, Issue 2 August 2008, pages 168 - 182

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