The Able Archer War-games
TheAble Archer War-games
Theable archer wargames were exercises conducted during the cold warperiod and were meant to escalate the conflicts between warringnations. The able archer procedures and practices aimed atemphasizing on the switch from using conventional operations duringthe cold war to the application of nuclear and chemical weapons.These wargames almost led to the start of a nuclear war between theUnited States and the Soviet Union.1Oneable archer wargame that was crucial was the able archer of 1983. TheU.S and some NATO allies initiated the wargames which made the SovietUnion believe that there was an imminent nuclear strike in itsterritory.
Duringthe able archer wargames, the NATO and the U.S troops regularlypatrolled the Western Europe region due to the political unrest inthe area. Also, during this period, the Soviet Union brought down aKorean plane that had wandered into its airspace.2The Russians believed that the plane was an American spy jet. Despitethe cold war coming to an end, the able archer wargames saw theretention of nuclear warheads in the countries involved.3Based on this observation, it was clear that the cold war was, infact, a more dangerous period than the World Wars. Besides, while thecold war was seen as a period of balance of power between the westand the east, the able archer wargames are an indication that thecold war was a dangerous time that would have brought a nuclearcatastrophe.
Doward,Jamie. "How a NATO war game took the world to the brink ofnuclear disaster." Web article. Nov 2 (2013): 2013.
Gibbons,R. Davis, and Matthew Kroenig. "The Next Nuclear War."(2014).
VanDijk, Ruud, William Glenn Gray, Svetlana Savranskaya, Jeremi Suri,and Qiang Zhai, eds. Encyclopedia of the Cold War. Routledge, 2013.
1Van Dijk, Ruud, William Glenn Gray, Svetlana Savranskaya, Jeremi Suri, and Qiang Zhai, eds. Encyclopedia of the Cold War. Routledge, 2013.
2 Doward, Jamie. "How a Nato war game took the world to the brink of nuclear disaster." Web article. Nov 2 (2013): 2013.
3 Gibbons, R. Davis, and Matthew Kroenig. "The Next Nuclear War." (2014).
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