Project 2032

In 2016, former NIP Chairman Tony Cothron initiated Project 2032, an updated history of Naval Intelligence for its 150th anniversary. Lynn Wright is now leading the effort, which builds on the authoritative work A Century of Naval Intelligence by Captain Wyman Packard. The new vision will include a recapitulation of the remarkable history of the oldest continuously-serving intelligence organization in the U.S. Government, with a focus on post-Cold War activities.

Rear Admiral Bob Sharp, RADM (Ret) Sam Cox and RDML (Ret) Tony Cothron sign the MOA for Project 2032 between NIP, ONI, and NHHC, 20 December 2016

This volume will highlight the function, operations, and impact of Naval Intelligence through an engaged story-telling style, not to simply “talk about ourselves” but to provide a publication suitable and appropriate as assigned reading for all warfare schools, war colleges, and institutions of higher learning.

By focusing on the evolution, successes, challenges, and shortfalls of a single community and function within the Navy, this 150-year history of Naval Intelligence can provide valuable lessons for the development for any organizational function.

NIP signed an MOA for Project 2032 in 2016 with ONI and NHHC. Since the MOA was only in effect for five years, NIP is in the process of negotiating a new MOA.

This volunteer effort is seeking additional researchers, writers, editors, and financial support. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Lynn Wright at or Bob Allen at

Here are some of the historical documents we have started compiling (members must login to access documents):

  1. And Mac Was There: A Special 25th Anniversary issue of the Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 1985-2010
  2. Oral History/Interview with RADM Mac Showers provided by National Museum of the Pacific War
  3. A History of the Office of Naval Intelligence, 1882-1942
  4. Melding Operational Aviators with Intelligence: Introducing SPEAR (from Sep 2016 issue of “The SEXTANT” US Navy History and Heritage Command)
  5. Book Review – Proceed to Peshawar: The Story of a U.S. Navy Intelligence Mission on the Afghan Border, 1943
  6. The Essence of Intelligence Work is Preparation for War: How “Strategy” Infiltrated the Office of Naval Intelligence, 1882-1889 (from the International Journal of Naval History, Dec 2015)
  7. Stealing the Japanese Codebooks, or One Peek is Worth Two Finesses by RADM T. A. Brooks, USN (Ret.)
  8. The War on the Pacific Coast of South America between Chile and the Allied Republic of Peru and Bolivia 1879 - 1881, by LT Theodorus B. M. Mason