Summary of NATO's "Able Archer 83" Exercise7 Nov 2003
This analysis asks whether NATO's Able Archer command post exercise really played a crucial role in the aggravation of the Soviet war scare in late 1983. The paper concludes that the Able Archer exercise had some unprecedented features, but that it was unknown to senior Soviet political and military officials. The author concludes that the Able Archer incident can in no way be compared to the Cuban missile crisis. Much of the stark perception of the Soviet reaction depends on information from KGB defector Oleg Gordievskii.
Collection: Soviet Threat to Sweden
Sender: Ben B. Fischer
Language of Original Document: English
Number of Pages: 2
Cold War Period: 1980s
Persons: Gordievskii, McFarlane, Reagan, Dobrynin