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CIA Analysis of the Warsaw Pact Forces

CIA Analysis of the Warsaw Pact Forces:  The Importance of Clandestine Reporting

This study examines the role of clandestine reporting in CIA’s analysis of the Warsaw Pact from 1955 to 1985. The Soviet Union established itself as a threat to the West at the end of World War II by its military occupation of eastern European countries and the attempts of its armed proxies to capture Greece and South Korea. The West countered with the formation of NATO. While the West welcomed West Germany into NATO, the Soviets established a military bloc of Communist nations with the Warsaw Treaty of May 1955. This study continues CIA’s efforts to provide a detailed record of the intelligence derived from clandestine human and technical sources from that period. This intelligence was provided to US policy makers and used to assess the political and military balances and confrontations in Central Europe between the Warsaw Pact and NATO during the Cold War.

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Explosives Storage, Volodarksk, Gorkov Oblast, USSR, Moscow MD, Photographic Interpretation Report, NPIC, June 1965.

Document Number: 5166d4f899326091c6a606fd

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Gordno Army Barracks East Grodno, USSR, Belorussia MD, Photographic Interpretation Report, NPIC, July 1964

Document Number: 5166d4f899326091c6a6066b

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Gordno Army Barracks North, Grodno, USSR, Belorussia MD, Photographic Interpretation Report, NPIC, July 1964

Document Number: 5166d4f899326091c6a60601

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Grodno Ammunition Depot Kelbasin SW, Grodno, USSR, Belorussia MD, Photographic Interpretation Report, NPIC, May 1964

Document Number: 5166d4f899326091c6a60623

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Grodno Army Barracks and Depot Neman River South, Grodno, USSR, Belorussia MD, Photographic Interpretation Report, NPIC, June 1964

Document Number: 5166d4f899326091c6a60625

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Grodno Army Barracks Kelbasin, Grodno, USSR, Belorussia MD, Photographic Interpretation Report, NPIC, May 1964

Document Number: 5166d4f899326091c6a60670

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Grodno Army Barracks Southeast, Grodno, USSR, Belorussia MD, Photographic Interpretation Report, NPIC, June 1964

Document Number: 5166d4f899326091c6a60620

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Gusev Army Barracks North, Gusev, Kaliningrad Oblast, USSR, Baltic MD, Photographic Interpretation Report, NPIC, November 1964

Document Number: 5166d4f899326091c6a6060b

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Gusev Training Area Southwest, Gusev, Kaliningrad Oblast, USSR, Baltic MD, Photographic Interpretation Report, NPIC, March 1965.

Document Number: 5166d4f899326091c6a606c7

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I-001 Proposed Training for Soviet Army Officer Corps to Include Information on the Employment of Atomic Weapons, CIA/DP Information Report, 15 December 1953 (DOI, prior to 23 November 1953)

Document Number: 5166d4f899326091c6a60575

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