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Stanley Orman, author of "An Uncivil Civil Servant", joins Scott Cluthe live to talk about his fascinating Life and the pressing issue of internal and national security as seen from the inside out !
How did a boy from a working class home in East London get to develop nuclear offensive and defensive weapons, oversee military cooperation between the US and the UK, and brief Margaret Thatcher and the British Chiefs of Staff on SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative - nicknamed Star Wars), while also finding time to collaborate with orthopedic surgeons to design a titanium hip replacement?
Stanley Orman's book shares these stories and much more. This book outlines the development of a young lad who was evacuated from London in 1944 to avoid the V1 and V2 attacks. After the war he became an international athlete, a well published research scientist, and went on to take a leading role in the development of Britain's nuclear deterrent.
The circle was completed when he led British involvement in the American Star Wars program, by helping to create a system that could intercept the type of missiles that had forced him to become an evacuee decades earlier. His early school years shaped an approach to life that enabled Stanley to succeed so spectacularly and we are taken from his childhood in Wartime London to success at University, to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment and onto Diplomacy at the very highest level of British and American Nuclear Activity. How secret diplomacy can even be conducted in Washington, a location that at times leaks like a sieve. How life is conducted in Britain's largest Embassy in Washington, and how international defense programs are really managed.
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