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Secrets of the Cold War: US Army Europe's Intelligence & Counterintelligence Activities Against the Soviets During the Cold War by [McCaslin, Leland C.]
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“Containing a host of first-person accounts that lift the lid on previously untold clandestine activities, this is a major contribution to Cold War history and exciting reading for all those who have an interest in the real life world of military intelligence, counterintelligence and espionage.” (Cold War Times)

“…an enjoyable read written by those at “ground zero” of the silent war. “ (Stars And Stripes (European Edition))

“What makes “Secrets of the Cold War: US Army Europe’s Intelligence and Counterintelligence Activities Against the Soviets,” by Leland C. McCaslin, stand out is its highlighting of unique missions by American and Allied forces in Europe to thwart Soviet espionage. It is full of first-person narratives of real events that seems to be taken from the pages of a pop-fiction spy thriller.” (Mark Patton, MOAA Stars and Stripes)

“In today’s complex threat environment it is easy and a mistake to dismiss the Cold War as a time of relative simplicity. A read through McCaslin’s book provides some balance to these thoughts and reveals more than one solid example of how precarious a position intelligence professionals of the period often found themselves in. Whether the reader is a Cold War veteran of any service, a historian or simply an interested person, McCaslin’s efforts in Secrets of the Cold War offer an enjoyable and informative look at the different intelligence and counter-intelligence efforts and concerns during that very dangerous time…” (American Intelligence Journal)

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.

Product Details

  • 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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AU7G20
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Secrets Of The Cold War should have been titled, Boring & Insignificant Details Of The Cold War. I was expecting information on covert ops; what I got was stories about guys riding around on sight seeing tours. The book was formatted by an idiot: the pages are solid blocks of text, making it difficult to read and paragraphs are a page long. The reviewers who found this "fascinating" must find watching grass grow and paint drying "exciting." The book is also loaded with the alphabet soup thy the military holds near and dear to their heart: COMSEC, SMLM, ETC. I could add one more: POS. I love historical military books, but i couldn't finish this POS. Skip this snorefest. Especially at its bloated price...it's a dog.
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