Accession Number:

ADA525825

Title:

Soviet Deception in the Cuban Missile Crisis

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WASHINGTON DC CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF INTELLIGENCE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2002-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

Moscows surreptitious dispatch of nuclear-capable SS-4 and SS-5 surface-to-surface missiles to Cuba in 1962 upset the strategic balance in an alarming way. The resulting show down-which the Russians call the Caribbean Crisis and the Cubans call the October Crisis brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. From its inception, the Soviet missile operation entailed elaborate denial and deception DD efforts. The craft of denying the United States information on the deployment of the missiles and deceiving US policymakers about the Soviet Unions intent was the foundation of Nikita Khrushchevs audacious Cuban venture. Piecing together the deception activities from declassified US, Russian, and Cuban accounts yields insights that can help us anticipate and overcome the DD efforts of a growing number of foreign adversaries today.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Military Intelligence
  • Guided Missiles
  • Countermeasures

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE