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BY JIM WILSON
Unsuspecting civilians are doused with radiation and germ weapons. Intelligence agents recruit psychic spies. Generals plan an attack on a Chinese nuclear weapons plant. A phantom army triggers the largest arms buildup in history. Politicians secretly construct an underground city to escape fallout. The United States comes within 7 minutes of launching its ICBMs.
No, these aren't screenplays that were junked when the Soviet Union went belly up. Each of these events actually happened. For the two generations of Americans who fought and financed the Cold War, it was an epic struggle between us good guys and the "evil empire." Now, as the epoch fades into history, the declassification of tens of thousands of pages of secret documents has begun to cast a penetrating light on the era. As nine of these files reveal, truth can be stranger than fiction.
Moscow's Phantom Arsenal
During the 1980s, the rationale for the United States undertaking the largest weapons buildup in history was detailed in a widely circulated Defense Department document titled Soviet Military Power. The report estimated that the Soviet Union commanded weaponry that exceeded the U.S. arsenal in every category.
It turns out many of those weapons never existed. Declassified CIA estimates of Soviet military power suggest the Defense Department's fears were caused by a phantom arsenal of nonexistent weapons. One example: The much-feared improved T-80 tank never existed. It appears analysts mistook an outmoded T-72 retrofitted with armored fabric side skirts for a new weapon.
In fact, the Soviets weren't even maintaining the weapons they did have. At a press conference late last year, Gen. Eugene Habiger, top commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, acknowledged that during the 1980s "the Russians weren't modernizing their forces as we were." As a result, "The service life of their systems is coming to an end."
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TextWe wouldve listened to all the manuvering and protocal leading to a launch. We had the capability of launching a succesful decapitation strike. By the time the Soviets had launched, our missiles would be 1/4th of the way there and our countermeasures airborne. We may have won a total nuclear exchange. Depends on what your definition of winning a nuclear exchange is though.
The much-feared improved T-80 tank never existed. It appears analysts mistook an outmoded T-72 retrofitted with armored fabric side skirts for a new weapon.
Originally posted by SiberianTiger
The tapping into the lines thing is a lie Soviets discovered the U.S. was doing that with in about 6 months after it STARTED to happen, plus Soviets took pictures of Statue of Liberty and poped up in San Francisco MANY times in the 1980's so we check mated you Americans everytime also, your scenareo of U.S. would decapitate SU in a nuke war is FALSE we have been ready for nuke war scinse 1962 EVERY school department store and apartment complexes have underground shealters till this day 2005, and thats NO exageration