About Dr. Maloney

About Dr. Maloney

 

 

Sean Maloney is from Kingston, Ontario and is an Associate Professor of History at the Royal Military College of Canada. He was born mid-way through the Cold War and recalls air raid siren tests in his schoolyard and emergency broadcast system tests on WWNY TV while he was a child. He saw “Dr Strangelove” for the first time at the Plaza Theatre in Calgary, Alberta in 1977 after his father tried to explain flouridated water to him. In 1978, his mother woke him up to watch the Kosmos 954 satellite disintegrate on re-entry over Canada. In 1982, he confronted anti-cruise missile test activists that were brought in to proselytize at his high school in Calgary. From 1983 to 1986, he lived in Washington DC while Ronald Reagan was President of the United States. In 1984 he and his friends tailed east-bloc diplomats around for fun which eventually prompted intervention by US Government agents, who warned them to back off. During that time Dr Maloney and friends were temporarily detained for entering a FEMA  bunker facility they mistakenly thought was non-operational (“It LOOKED derelict….great camouflage!”). He joined the Canadian Army in 1986 and in time wound up serving with 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade in a newly-unified Germany. During that time Dr Maloney observed the disintegration of the Warsaw Pact war machine with frequent trips into Berlin and the former East Germany. He later wrote the history of the Canadian Army in Germany during the Cold War, “War Without Battles: Canada’s NATO Brigade in Germany, 1951-1993.” During the course of that project he was fortunate to meet and interview Sir John Hackett, author of the bestselling “The Third World War.”  On return from Europe, he completed his PhD dissertation entitled “Learning to Love the Bomb: Canada’s Cold War Strategy and Nuclear Weapons 1951-1970.” He currently is the Canadian Army’s historian for the war in Afghanistan.

 

(photo courtesy of Rob Silliman copyright (C) 2005)

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