The 1983 War Scare Part One: "The Last Paroxysm" of the Cold War

Soviet "Huffing and Puffing?" "Crying Wolf?" "Rattling Pots and Pans?" or "A Real Worry That We Could Come into Conflict through Miscalculation?"


 

The 1983 War Scare Part Two: Able Archer 83 Declassified

"Blue's use of nuclear weapons did not stop Orange's aggression." Able Archer 83 Declassified


 

The 1983 War Scare Part Three: "A rather stunning array of Indicators"

"Rather Stunning Array of Indicators" of the Soviet Reaction to Able Archer 83 had "A Dimension of Genuineness ... Often Not Reflected in Intelligence Issuances."

 

The Soviet "War Scare" Declassified and For Real

All-Source Intelligence Report finds US-Soviet Nuclear Relations on "Hair Trigger" in 1983
Alert Air Force General acted "out of instinct, not informed guidance" to Stop Escalation of the Crisis


 

The Able Archer 83 Onsite Collection

The physical Able Archer 83 collection, onsite at the National Security Archive, contains unpublished primary and secondary sources related to the 1983 War Scare.

 

Sources

 

The Nuclear Vault


Briefing Books


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