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Author Jones, Nate, author, editor.

Title Able Archer 83 : the secret history of the NATO exercise that almost triggered nuclear war / edited by Nate Jones ; with a foreword by Thomas S. Blanton.

Published New York The New Press, [2016]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  355.52094 JONE    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 338 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: pt. I "Standing Tall" the "Mirror-Image" and Operation RYaN -- pt. II "Thoroughly White Hot" Able Archer 83, and the Crux of the War Scare -- pt. III Aftermath, "One Misstep Could Trigger a Great War" -- Conclusion: "Why Is the World So Dangerous?" -- Acknowledgments and Notes on Sources -- doc. 1 President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board Report, "The Soviet ̀War Scare'" February 15, 1990, Top Secret, UMBRA GAMMA WNINTEL NOFORN NOCONTRACT ORCON -- doc. 2 CIA Studies in Intelligence Article by Benjamin Fischer, "The 1983 War Scare in U.S.-Soviet Relations" Undated (Circa 1996), Secret -- doc. 3 KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov to General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, "Report on the Work of the KGB in 1981" May 10, 1982 -- doc. 4 Central Intelligence Agency Biographical Profile of Yuriy Vladimirovich Andropov, January 11, 1983, Classification Redacted -- doc. 5 Memorandum of Conversation Between General Secretary Yuri Andropov and Averell Harriman, CPSU Central Committee Headquarters, Moscow, 3:00 p.m. June 2, 1983 -- doc. 6 U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command Daily INTSUM, November 10, 1983, Secret -- doc. 7 Air Force Seventh Air Division, Ramstein Air Base, "Exercise Able Archer 83, SAC ADVON, After Action Report" December 1, 1983, Secret NOFORN -- doc. 8 Memorandum for National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane from Soviet Expert Jack Matlock, "Subject: American Academic on Soviet Policy" December 13, 1983, Confidential with Attached EXDIS Cable from the American Embassy in Moscow -- doc. 9 UK Ministry of Defence, "Soviet Union Concern About a Surprise Nuclear Attack" May 9, 1983 -- doc. 10 Central Intelligence Agency, Special National Intelligence Estimate, "Implications of Recent Soviet Military-Political Activities" May 18, 1984, Top Secret -- doc. 11 Central Intelligence Agency Memorandum for the President, Vice President, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, from CIA Director William Casey, "U.S./Soviet Tension" June 19, 1984, Secret -- doc. 12 Small Group Meeting of November 19, 1983, 7:30 a.m., The Secretary's Dining Room, Department of State, Secret/Sensitive -- doc. 13 Reagan's Handwritten Addition of Ivan and Anya to His January 16, 1984, Speech on United States-Soviet Relations.
Summary In November 1983, Soviet nuclear forces went on high alert. After months nervously watching increasingly assertive NATO military posturing, Soviet intelligence agencies in Western Europe received flash telegrams reporting alarming activity on U.S. bases. In response, the Soviets began planning for a countdown to a nuclear first strike by NATO on Eastern Europe. And then Able Archer 83, a vast NATO war game exercise that modeled a Soviet attack on NATO allies, ended.
Other formats Also published electronically.
Other author Jones, Nate, editor.
Subject North Atlantic Treaty Organization -- History -- 20th century.
Military maneuvers -- Europe -- History -- 20th century.
Nuclear crisis control -- History -- 20th century.
Nuclear weapons -- Government policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Cold War -- Sources.
Europe -- History, Military -- 20th century.
United States -- History, Military -- 20th century -- Sources.
Europe, Western -- Defenses -- History -- 20th century.
Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States -- Sources.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union -- Sources.
Able Archer 83.
Military history.
Variant Title Secret history of the NATO exercise that almost triggered nuclear war.
Standard Number 40026574316
ISBN 9781620972618