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CIA Analysis of the Warsaw Pact Forces

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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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“Criticism of a Previous Article on Airborne Landings [in Operations during a Nonnuclear Period],” b

Document Number: 5166d4f899326091c6a60594
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1973-07-20.pdf369.14 KB

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“Critique of an Operational War Game on Maps Conducted on the Southwestern Axis,” CIA/DO Intelligenc

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a6088c
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1975-06-13.pdf9.61 MB

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“Critique of Exercise ‘Zachod [West]-77’ and ‘Fala [Wave]-77’,” CIA/DO Intelligence Information Spec

Document Number: 5196457b993294098d509496
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1977-11-08b.pdf1.29 MB

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“Determining the Balance of Forces in Ground Forces Large Units in an Operation,” by Maj. Gen. (reti

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a6084b
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1976-08-12a.pdf843.16 KB

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“Developments redacted,” CIA/DP Memorandum for the Record from John Maury, Chief SR Division, 3 Augu

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a607a5
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1961-08-03.pdf179.33 KB

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“Directive of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the USSR: Results of Operational Training in

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a608aa
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1979-10-25.pdf1.12 MB

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“Directive on the Organization and Functions of the Polish Armed Forces Command System in Wartime,”

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60886
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1975-09-09.pdf949.18 KB

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“Dissolution of Soviet Military Advisory Groups in the Satellites,” CIA/DP Information Report, 22 Oc

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60932
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1958-10-22.pdf165.01 KB

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“Elements of the Soviet Heavy Tank Division,” CIA/DP Information Report, 21 March 1958 (DOI, late 19

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60929
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1958-03-21.pdf194.29 KB

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“Essential Facts of the Penkovskiy Case,” from Deputy Director for Plans, Richard Helms, CIA/DP Memo

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a6081f
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1963-05-31.pdf742.98 KB

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