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Absher Offers New Look at the Cuban Missile Crisis

October 28, 2009

October 28, 2009

Kenneth Michael Absher, a Fellow at the Bush School’s Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, has written a detailed analysis of the intelligence failures and successes in the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. In Missiles and Mind-Sets: A First Hand Look at the Cuban Missile Crisis, Absher uses recollections, declassified documents, and memoirs written by senior CIA officers and other participants to present unique insights into the crisis, as well as offer suggestions for current and future intelligence operations. During his 31 years with the agency, Absher was involved in many major foreign intelligence operations in addition to the Cuban crisis, including the Vietnam War, the military and rescue operation in Grenada, and the breakup of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact.

Missiles and Mind-Sets was published by the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College as part of the Letort Papers.  A free hard copy can be ordered by calling (717) 245-4133.  The monograph can also be read and downloaded in the Featured Papers section of the Institute’s website:

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