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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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Field Service Regulations of the Armed Forces of the USSR (Division-Regiment), CIA/DP Clandestine Report Special Collection, 30 April 1963 (DOI 30 March 1962).

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60827

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Flexibility in Soviet Offensive Concepts: The Roles of Armor and Other Ground Forces, CIA/DI/OSR Research Paper, July 1975.

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60885

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Front Offensive Operations, CIA/DO Intelligence Information Special Report, 27 September 1979 (DOI, 1974).

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a608b2

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General Scope of Activity of the General Staff of the Polish armed Forces, CIA/DO Intelligence Information Special Report, 16 September 1974 (DOI, 22 December 1969).

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a6085e

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General Staff Academy Lectures: Principles of the Automation and Mechanization of Troop Control,” prepared 6 September 1968, published October 1969; CIA/DO Intelligence Information Special Report, 11 November 1976.

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a6083d

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Gomel Army Barracks Khutoi and Associated Storage Area, Gomel, USSR, Belorussia MD, Photographic Interpretation Report, NPIC, May 1964

Document Number: 5166d4f899326091c6a60686

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Gomel Army Barracks Novo-Belitsa, Gomel, USSR, Belorussia MD, Photographic Interpretation Report, NPIC, May 1964

Document Number: 5166d4f899326091c6a6063e

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Gomel Army Barracks, Gomel, USSR, Belorussia MD, Photographic Interpretation Report, NPIC, July 1964

Document Number: 5166d4f899326091c6a6068a

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Gorbachev Renounces Brezhnev Doctrine during Yugoslav Visit, CIA/FBIS Trends, April 1988.

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60851

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Gorbachev’s Disavowal of Brezhnev Doctrine, CIA/DST/FBIS Trends, 6 April 1988.

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60854

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