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Forecasting Nuclear War: Stasi/KGB Intelligence Cooperation under Project RYaN

Forecasting Nuclear War:

Stasi/KGB Intelligence Cooperation under Project RYaN

Between 1981 and 1989 the foreign intelligence branches of the Soviet KGB and the East German Ministry of State Security launched a combined effort to develop a system for detecting signs of an impending western nuclear first strike. Codenamed “Project RYaN”, this early-warning system constituted one part of the Soviet response to the perceived threat of a surprise “decapitation” strike by NATO nuclear forces.

Join us as  Bernd Schaefer, Nate Jones, and Benjamin Fischer discuss these newly translated sources and give unprecedented insight into the capabilities and fears of the Eastern Bloc intelligence services from the Able Archer ’83 War Scare to the end of the Cold War.

Click here to read the full article and the translated documents.

 

 

Speakers

  • Bernd Schaefer

    Global Fellow, Former Senior Scholar
    Professional Lecturer, The George Washington University
  • Nate Jones

    Director, Freedom of Information Act Project, National Security Archive
  • Benjamin B. Fischer

    Former Chief Historian of the Central Intelligence Agency