Q&A with Kirk Lippold
Kirk Lippold talked about Front Burner: Al Qaeda’s Attack on the USS Cole, his historical narrative of the October 12, 2000, bombing… read more
Kirk Lippold talked about Front Burner: Al Qaeda’s Attack on the USS Cole, his historical narrative of the October 12, 2000, bombing at a refueling stop in the port of Aden in Yemen, which killed 17 crew members and injured 37. He described the heroic measures taken by his crew to save the ship from sinking and reduce casualties. He commented on the Navy’s formal investigation, and the final report that concluded all the available force protection measures were not put in place by himself on that day. He described the adverse effect the report had on his own future, prompting a senator to block his nomination to be promoted to captain. He called the attack the “start of the war on terror” and discussed intelligence lapses before and after the incident.
Kirk Lippold retired from the Navy at the rank of Commander in 2007 after serving 26 years. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981, and received his Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from the Navy. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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