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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I-032 Miscellaneous Information on the Trans-Baykal Military District, CIA/DP Information Report, 7 December 1955 (DOI, late 1950 to the Fall of 1955).

Document Number: 5166d4f899326091c6a605bc


I-033 Soviet Radar Schools, CIA/DP Information Report, 7 December 1955 (DOI, fall 1955).

Document Number: 5166d4f899326091c6a605b5


I-035 “Soviet and East German Propaganda on the Status of Berlin,” FBIS Radio Propaganda Report, 19 January 1956.

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a6082f


I-036 “The Soviet October Revolution Slogans,” Radio Propaganda Report, 29 October 1956.

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a6082d


I-038 Termination of War Footing of Soviet Forces in East Germany, CIA/DP Information Report, 12 December 1956

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a6082c


I-039 “Zhukov address to GSFG Senior Troop Commanders,” CIA/DP Information Report, 29 March 1957 (DOI, 12–16 March 1957).

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60919


I-039a “Correction to Zhukov Address to GSFG Senior Troop Commanders,” CIA/DP Information Report, 12 April 1957 (DOI, 12–16 March 1957).

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60918


I-039b Supplement to Zhukov address to GSFG Senior Troop Commanders, CIA/DP Information Report 1(DOI, 12–17 March 1957) 7 April 1957

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a6090b


I-040 Marshal Zhukov on the Nature of a Future War, FBIS Radio Propaganda Report, 5 April 1957

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60916


I-041 Soviet Satellite Press Treatment of the Warsaw Treaty Anniversary, FBIS Radio Propaganda Report, 31 May 1957

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60906