“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.