This is an episode of Nova that interviews a lot of Navy and intelligence insiders, as well as the authors of the book "Blind Man's Bluff". Nice write up. Merry Christmas, too ;)
Speaking of Christmas, my two worst were in the Navy.
The second-worst Christmas was being underway on station, when the ship that was supposed to relieve us arrived several days late. It's one thing if you know and expect to be at sea during Christmas. It's another thing entirely to be ordered to stay put at the last minute. On the bright side, it wasn't much different than any other day at sea, and everyone accepted the bad deal with grace.
My worst-ever Christmas was at Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida. School let out for a week or two, and we were encouraged to go home and enjoy the holidays. I had no home other than the Navy, so I pretty much had to stay put. All my classmates and friends went home to spend Christmas with their parents. I hung out in a dark and empty base, stood lonely watches, and ate bland chow hall food for Christmas dinner.