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Secrets of the Cold War: US Army Europe's Intelligence & Counterintelligence Activities Against the Soviets During the Cold War Kindle Edition

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Francis Gary Powers, Jr: "Well written and informative, the book is a magnificent assessment of the Cold War history."

About the Author

Leland, his brother, father and mother (nurse) were all Army Officers. Leland graduated from Mississippi State University in 1969 where he majored in communications, studied Military Science (and received airborne training) and obtained his Army commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Intelligence Corps. On active duty in 1969, he attended the combat arms tanker's Armored Officers' Basic Course; the Counterintelligence Special Agent's Course and served at various locations in the US. Upon his ETS (estimated time of separation), he joined the US Civil Service and began working for the military in various intelligence jobs, starting as a GS-9 in 1973. He served at Military Headquarters, The Pentagon from 1973 to 1976. In 1979, he arrived in Heidelberg, Germany, and served 16 years at US Army Europe where he actively participated in the Cold War. To thwart espionage, he appeared on several live and recorded segments of the European Armed Forces Network TV and Radio to discuss counterespionage strategies, both past and present. He then retired as a GM-14 in 1995. At that time, he was the most senior Security Specialist in Europe. While overseas, he acquired a M. Ed. from Boston University. After he retired from civil service, he taught speech at several local colleges. With his background in Security and Intelligence, he worked as a contract investigator for ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) with 9/11 related duties. He is now fully retired and resides with his wife, Charlotte, and greyhound, Keener, in Alabama.

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  • File Size: 3207 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1906033919
  • Publisher: Helion (October 19, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 19, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AU7G20
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Leland, his brother, father and mother (nurse) were all Army Officers.

Leland graduated from Mississippi State University in 1969 where he majored in communications, studied Military Science (and received some airborne training) and obtained his Army commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Intelligence Corps. On active duty in 1969, he attended the combat arms tanker's Armored Officers' Basic Course; the Counterintelligence Special Agent's Course and served at various locations in the US. Upon leaving active duty, he joined the US Civil Service and began working for the military in various intelligence jobs, starting as a GS-9 in 1973.

He served at our nation's Military Headquarters, The Pentagon from 1973 to 1976. In 1979, he arrived in Heidelberg, Germany, and served 16 years at US Army Europe where he actively participated in the Cold War. To thwart espionage, he appeared on several live and recorded segments of the European Armed Forces Network TV and Radio to discuss counterespionage strategies, both past and present.

He then retired as a GM-14 in 1995. At that time, he was the most senior Security Specialist in Europe. While overseas, he acquired a M. Ed. from Boston University.

After he retired from civil service, he taught speech at several local colleges. With his background in Security and Intelligence, he worked as a contract investigator for ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) with 9/11 related duties.

He is now fully retired and resides with his wife, Charlotte, and rescued greyhound, Keener, in Alabama.

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Fred on November 6, 2010
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I was an Army Counterintelligence Agent stationed with the 766th MID in Berlin from 1972-1974. Having majored in German Language and Literature in college, I was involved in special operations from the beginning. I won't say anything about what I did, but I will say that Leland McCaslin's book was a very interesting and accurate account of some of what went on during those years. My thanks to him!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Thomas A. Roberts on October 26, 2010
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My first assignment in the Army of the 60s was in an Armored Division headquarters near Stuttgart (4th Armored Div) and my recollection of the monthly intel briefings and that everyone has a responsibility to be aware of the surroundings whether on post or off. I returned to Germany almost thirty years later as a civilian (GS) and the warnings hadn't really changed except for the terminology and some computer related issues. Lee McCaslin does a great job relating his time in Berlin and Heidelberg at the Headquarters of US Army Europe. My recommendation is that the book be required for all Intel officers, NCOs and civilians assigned to intel units worldwide. Perhaps when more declassifications occur, Lee McCaslin can issue eiher a sequel or second edition with deleted information.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jay Stafford on December 26, 2010
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Lee McCaslin's "Secrets Of The Cold War" is a fascinating read for those of us who grew up during the Cold War and for those interested in what shaped today's world. Now that much of what went on then is unclassified, Lee and his contributors, who were there, give us glimpses into the daily lives of the dedicated people on both sides of the Iron Curtain and the struggles they faced during those tense and uncertain times. He shows us how the military, intelligence and counterintelligence communities were structured and their often humorous encounters. How did the term "Iron Curtain" come to be? Read "Secrets Of The Cold War" and you'll find out.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Henry Berry on November 15, 2010
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Leland McCaslin worked in a variety of U. S. military and government intelligence positions from about 1970 to 1996, including positions in Europe when the Cold War was going on between the Soviet Union and the United States and its European allies. Since the Cold War was not open warfare between armed forces, intelligence played a particularly important role for the U.S. in maintaining its readiness and in counteracting activities of the Soviet Union and its satellites the Eastern European nations. McCaslin writes about the structure and particular agencies of the intelligence services as well as operations. Often he lets others involved in the intelligence services speak for themselves in lengthy passages which are like journal entries. The mix of styles from sections like an administrative or bureaucratic manual on organization to vignettes by intelligence personnel with engaging details and dramatic situations gives the book an unevenness. But this is an incident drawback for any reader interested in unique details on this major area of Cold War espionage. Though U.S. intelligence operations are the main subject. Soviet intelligence operations receive a good deal of attention as well not only for thoroughness in covering the topic, but also so the reader can understand the context within which the U.S. intelligence services were operating.

McCaslin had the book reviewed by the National Security Agency (NSA) and other government agencies to ensure he was not inadvertently divulging any secret material even though considerable time has passed since the Cold War ended. If anything the author wanted to get in was kept out, it's hard to imagine what this was.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By follow04444! on October 19, 2010
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Having great interest in the political and military struggles and intelligence work of today, it only makes sense to further investigate some of the inner workings of intelligence activity of the recent past. It's amazing to read the first hand accounts of some of these real world activities!!! Thank you Mr. McCaslin for your service!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peter K. Pullen on October 19, 2010
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We were there!

As one of Lee's compatriots, I welcomed the news that Lee was fulfilling his long-time desire to write about the cold war. We were both fortunate to work and practice our trades within the Army Headquarters in Heidelberg, in addition to serving at other "cold war" posts.

I greatly appreciate Lee's effort, which brings to mind my involvement in many of the same activities, not to mention many other similar activities which are still cloaked by the mists of time and security.

Congratulations, Lee, and Thank You!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Gleason on October 6, 2012
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This book was entertaining. I enjoyed reading stories about real intelligence and counterintelligence activities in Europe during the years between the end of World War II and the fall of the Berlin Wall. There were many entertaining parts, such as the kidnapping of General Dozier by the Red Brigades in Italy in 1981, that I would be interested in reading a whole book about. Overall, the book suffered from being too episodic, basically a string of first-person personal stories strung together. The book would have been improved with an overall outline of the history of the time.

Part of the problem may have been with the Kindle implementation. Sometimes it was hard to understand when a new author's part had started. The formatting of the book seemed a little off.

Overall, as I said, I enjoyed the book. It taught me more about a time and place that doesn't seem to get a lot of attention.
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