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08 Mar 2018 10:57 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "1983- They Year we live in Danger." to "1983- The Year we lived in Danger"

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse08 Mar 2018 10:30 a.m. PST

In 1983, American Provocations — and Soviet Fear — Drove the World Closer to Nuclear War

"In 1983, the United States and the Soviet Union came dangerously close to nuclear war. That was the conclusion of a highly classified report issued in 1990 by the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, or PFIAB.

The board, which conducts oversight of the U.S. intelligence community for the White House, interviewed over 75 American and British officials and examined scads of intelligence assessments and other official documents from the early 1980s. The report it produced, entitled "The Soviet ‘War Scare,' " served as a retrospective assessment of what many believe was the most dangerous period of the Cold War since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The PFIAB's analysis of the war scare begins by discussing Soviet strategic vulnerabilities. By the early 1980s, the Soviets had developed new over-the-horizon radars and launch detection satellites that were capable of giving them 15 to 30 minutes warning in the event of a U.S. nuclear attack. However, the impending deployment of U.S. intermediate-range Pershing-2 missiles to Europe created a new vulnerability for the Soviet Union because the Pershing-2s had the ability to strike hardened targets in the western USSR in as little as eight minutes, too little time for the Soviet leadership to react…"
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Charlie 12 Inactive Member08 Mar 2018 7:32 p.m. PST

More simplistic garbage from War is Boring….

Dn Jackson08 Mar 2018 8:30 p.m. PST

It's been 30 years since the Cold War ended. How about taking a look at some Soviet sources?

28mm Fanatik08 Mar 2018 10:58 p.m. PST

More simplistic garbage from War is Boring….

You mean simplistic garbage from PFIAB, since that's where the de-classified assessment originated from.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2018 8:56 a.m. PST

I graduated High School, Spring of 1983. Interesting stuff. Never knew we were that close to the end… I just went off to college in July, oblivious to the threat. ;-) I guess ignorance truly is blissful. Cheers!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse09 Mar 2018 9:42 a.m. PST

You are not alone in this my friend Sgt Slag! (smile)

28mm Fanatik is right… you have to read all the speach… (smile)


Cacique Caribe09 Mar 2018 11:35 p.m. PST

Sgt Slag,

Same year as me!

PS. It's cute when people think the Cold War is over, and that it was all just about the Soviet Union. :)

Legion 410 Mar 2018 8:39 a.m. PST

In 1983, American Provocations — and Soviet Fear — Drove the World Closer to Nuclear War
I'm not so sure of the veracity of that statement ? I graduated high school in '75 and college/ROTC in '79. Then active duty Army, '79-'90. Seemed generally thru out that entire time period the USSR didn't need any provocations to want to destroy the US. It was accepted, plus don't forget MAD …

Uparmored10 Mar 2018 10:48 p.m. PST

I lived in the USA '82 to '85. I remember the news reports, it was serious business and I believe the reality of the actual situation was pretty much reflected in the media and popular culture of the time.

Legion 411 Mar 2018 8:05 a.m. PST

I know while on active duty then, we pretty much trained everyday in prep for a war in Europe … But we also had forces elsewhere in the world, e.g. Panama and the ROK. And planned and trained for war to break out in those locations too …

Jeffers14 Mar 2018 12:17 p.m. PST

Great year for music, though.

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