[FPSPACE] FW: [Wikipedia Daily Article] February 11: Able Archer 83
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Sat Feb 10 22:37:39 EST 2007
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>Subject: [Wikipedia Daily Article] February 11: Able Archer 83
>Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2007 21:29:00 -0500
> Able Archer 83 was a ten-day NATO exercise starting on November 2,
> 1983 that spanned the continent of Europe and simulated a coordinated
> nuclear release. It incorporated a new, unique format of coded
> communication, radio silences, participation by heads of state, and a
> simulated DEFCON 1 nuclear alert. The realistic nature of the
> exercise, coupled with deteriorating relations between the United
> States and the Soviet Union and the anticipated arrival of
> "super-stealth" Pershing II nuclear missiles in Europe, led some in
> the USSR to believe that Able Archer 83 was a genuine nuclear strike.
> In response, the Soviets readied their nuclear forces and placed air
> units in East Germany and Poland on alert. This relatively obscure
> incident is considered by many historians to be the closest the world
> has come to nuclear war since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. The
> immediate threat of nuclear war abruptly ended with the conclusion of
> the Able Archer 83 exercise on November 11.
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