In A Tale of Two Navies, Wells presents a history and analysis of the unique and enduring relationship between the US Navy and the Royal Navy. Having served in both forces, Wells is ideally positioned to examine the intertwined histories, strategies, operations, technology, and intelligence activities of the two services. In particular, he highlights the special intelligence relationship between the US Navy and the Royal Navy and provides insight into the workings of US and UK intelligence. In this loosely chronological survey, Wells examines seminal events central to the naval history of both the US and the UK, including the response of each navy to the Soviet Union throughout the Cold War, the discovery of the Walker spy ring, the Falklands campaign of 1982, and the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. This penetrating look at the “special relationship” is necessary reading for anyone interested in the history or future of military cooperation between the United States and the United Kingdom.
Anthony R. Wells is currently a visiting senior research fellow at the Center for Intelligence and Cyber Security, King’s College, London. He is the only living person to have worked for British intelligence and served in the Royal Navy as a British citizen and also to have worked for US intelligence and the US Navy as a citizen of the United States.