In November 2018, I discovered parts of a 1960 Soviet report translation titled "Combat Against Enemy Nuclear Artillery, Free Rockets, and Guided Missiles in Offensive and Defensive Operations of an Army" in CIA's online archive. The main problem addressed by the report is the destruction of US/NATO theater nuclear weapons. The report was written by … Continue reading Newly released IRONBARK (Penkovsky) materials
Category: Soviet/Russia Studies
Soviet General Staff Academy Lectures 1968-1985
While doing archive research, I came across translations of lectures from Soviet General Staff Academy, or Voroshilov Academy as it was also known in the Soviet days. I had tucked away the documents in a notebook, and tweeted about some of them. https://twitter.com/vpkivimaki/status/820629224717488128 After getting my hands on the "CIA Analysis of Warsaw Pact Forces" … Continue reading Soviet General Staff Academy Lectures 1968-1985
Index of CIA’s Soviet military journal translations (Christmas 2018 Update)
(Update January 10th, 2021: CIA's recent website update broke all the links, so I've created a new copy of the sheet with all the links fixed.) In July of 2017, I released the first index to translations from secret Soviet military journals that the CIA had acquired and translated during the Cold War. During that … Continue reading Index of CIA’s Soviet military journal translations (Christmas 2018 Update)
Project RAND reports, 1951-1956
A look at declassified Project RAND reports from 1951-1956, including balloon reconnaissance of USSR.
USSR Review – Analysis of Soviet Affairs
Soviet analysis from the CIA: USSR (Monthly) Reviews from 1982 to 1991.
Collection of translated articles from Military Thought (Военная Мысль)
The story of how over 700 articles from the Soviet-era classified versions of Military Thought were found and indexed.