recent release

The Correct Course for Compass Call

[Read the Article]

United States Congress, the U.S. DoD, and others needed to evaluate their existing electronic warfare program "Compass Call" while considering a more modern aircraft to carry highly sensitive EW gear and warfighters to conflicts worldwide. The Association of Old Crows provided this study researched and written by Smith.

in the works 

The Deniable Undeniable Weapons Cache

[In review at CIA]

While the world learned of the secret three-ton arms cache buried on a remote beach in Venezuela, the CIA worked to ascertain who put it there and why . . . and President Kennedy hoped for deniability. Smith interviewed the CIA officer who researched it for the president and hopes to release the story soon.

ongoing research

The Wyoming Lynch Note

[In research]

Before Facebook attacks there were lynch notes; and that is what Gil received in 1913 Wyoming when he was unable to pay the lumberjacks. Smith's research was successfull; he located the missing note and plans to release the complete, never-before-told story in 2020.

A Selected Piece:

A Trumpy Fit for James Bond

This article is an abbreviated piece from a longer historic study prepared for the CIA and published in the December 2014 edition of the agency's quarterly journal "Studies in Intelligence".

By: Dirk a. d. Smith | Published by wooden boat magazine in the fall of 2013

A Classic power cruiser built by John Trumpy & Sons of Annapolis, Maryland, is easy to spot, with the Trumpy styling and the ornate scrollwork "T" adorning its bow just below deck level. But one particular Trumpy would always slide by unrecognized and unseen. The boat was small, only 19' 1/2" long, and it lacked the usual trademark. More important, it was painted gray and designed to have the lowest possible profile, running with its decks awash in the middle of the night -- which is exactly the way the Central Intelligence Agency wanted it.

In 1953 -- six years after President Harry Truman founded the CIA -- the agency hired Trumpy to build this unusual boat. It sounded like something that might have come straight out of Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel, which was published that same year. The CIA's objective was to create a boat that could pursue clandestine operations, running partly submerged as many as 50 miles to sneak a small crew and their gear into an enemy harbor. The boat could then be deliberately sunk, awaiting the crew's return. Up to a month later, after their intrigues were completed, the crew could raise the boat and motor to a rendezvous with the waiting mother ship . . . [read the full story in WoodenBoat Magazine]

To read the full story, please go to A Trumpy Fit for James Bond, WoodenBoat Magazine