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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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I-047 The Power Position of the Soviet Armed Forces and Factors behind Zhukov’s Support of Khrushchev; Military and Peasant Attitudes toward Khrushchev, CIA/DP Information Report, 7 August 1957 (DOI, July 1957).

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a6090d

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I-050 “Joint Army Maneuvers,” CIA/DP Information Report, 27 August 1957 (DOI, mid-August 1957).

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a6090c

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I-052 Soviet Policy on Production of Weapons, CIA/DP Information Report, 11 September 1957 (DOI, spring of 1957.)

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a6090e

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I-053 Soviet Propaganda on Tactical Atomic Weapons and Limited War, CIA/DI/FBIS Radio Propaganda Report, 1 October 1957.

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60911

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I-055 Soviet Officer Reaction to Removal of Zhukov as Defense Minister; Current Activities of Grechko and Shtemenko, CIA/DP Information Report, 28 October 1957 (DOI, 26 October 1957).

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60908

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I-056 “CC/CPSU Secret Letter Criticizing Political Work in the Soviet Army,” CIA/DP Information Report, 3 November 1957 (DOI, 19 October 1957).

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60907

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I-057 “CC/CPSU Letter Concerning Removal of Zhukov as Minister of Defense,” CIA/DP Information Report, 3 November 1957 (DOI, 1 November 1957).

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60915

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I-059 “Soviet Army and Air Force Units in the Belorussia and Kiev Military Districts and East Germany,” CIA/DP Information Report, 21 November 1957 (DOI, September and October 1957).

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60913

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I-060 “Reprimand of Grechko by Zhukov and Other Criticisms of Zhukov,” CIA/DP Information Report, 21 November 1957 (DOI, 27-29 October 1957).

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60912

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I-061 “Some Issues in the Purge of Marshal Zhukov,” CIA/DI/FBIS Radio Propaganda Report, 20 December 1957.

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a6091f

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