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Tracking the USSR Missile Programs through 1957 - 2/5/2020 7:12:03 PM   
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Great article with the usual redacted official reports attached concerning the CIA's attempts to track Soviet ICBM development before the first launch of R-7, the first ICBM. I had always thought that the 4 October 1957 launch of Sputnik was no surprise to the US intelligence organs but it appears that they knew nothing about it until it went 'beep' in orbit. This shows utter failure of the CIA to determine even approximately what the USSR was doing and goes some way towards explaining why the American intelligence estimates were always weighted so heavily in the Soviet's favour. Nothing provokes fear more than the unknown.

U.S. Intelligence Efforts against the Soviet Missile Program through 1957

Certainly some fodder for the innovative CWDB scenario authors out there. My scenario plate is currently overflowing but will give the situation some thought and dig a little deeper into the possibilities.

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