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The Cold War that cost lives.,
This review is from: By Any Means Necessary: America's Secret Air War in the Cold War (Hardcover)
At the beginning of this book, it quotes Teller as saying at least the Cold War did not cost any lives. Burrows points out in this book that the Cold War did cost lives. At least 15 planes were shot down, and close to a hundred Air Force and Navy airmen were killed. The U.S. Government hid the fact that many flights were ferreting radar information and bombing sights in case of offensive nuclear war. The Soviets and Chinese did the same thing, even if their propaganda said otherwise. The real losers in this conflict were the families of those airmen who were lost. The government lied to them to cover their activities.
This book was released after the Navy ferret airplane collided with the Chinese jet off Hainen. This incident was also described. However shootdowns of U.S. aircraft took place as far back as 1948. Some of these shootdowns were over international airspace. All participants in this conflict were not innocent. The U.S. needed information and these flights provided them this information. The end of the air duels happened in 1970 when satellites took over the intelligence gathering over sensitive Cold War targets.
This is a nice informative read about a little known conflict in the Cold War. I was surprised about the detail the author put into the air clashes. He also told the human story of the losses on the families. A good read.
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Initial post: Sep 27, 2006 2:42:02 PM PDT
Air duels did not end in the 70's President Reagan spent $3 trillion dollars during his administration. And to it we credit the end of the cold war. In the early 80's the cold war got red hot with the Starwars (SDI)program and many covert operations. These operations consisted mainly of air, sea, land probes near and within Soviet borders.
Under the Reagan administration Air incursions actually increased putting pressure on the soviet military to maintain a difficult high level of readiness. US-led naval and air operations, including psychological warfare missions conducted close to and over the Soviet Union stress the soviet defenses beyond capacity.
Fleet exercises conducted in 1981 and 1983 near the far northern and far eastern regions of the Soviet Union demonstrated US ability to deploy aircraft-carrier battle groups close to sensitive military and industrial sites, apparently without being detected or challenged early on. These exercises reportedly included secret operations that simulated surprise naval air attacks on Soviet targets. In 1983 US warplanes simulated a bombing run over a military installation on the small Soviet-occupied island of Zelenny in the Kuril Island chain.
Another good read is Peter Schweizer's book "Victory: The Reagan Administration's Secret Strategy That Hastened the Collapse of the Soviet Union" 1994
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