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Spying On The Enemy Essay

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The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 was the closest the world ever came to nuclear war. During the crisis, President Kennedy sought the help of secret intelligence to find out more about the Soviet’s plan. The spies and technology used during this event were important, risky, and very valuable assets to the United States.
In October of 1962, the United States and Soviet Union had a political and military standoff. The Soviets had placed nuclear-armed missiles only 90 miles from the U.S. shores (Cuban Missile Crisis). President Kennedy informed the U.S. that everything would be fine and that we were prepared to defend ourselves if it came down to that. However, many individuals were worried ...view middle of the document...

After a trial in 1963, Penkovsky was sentenced to death and executed May 16, 1963.
Another important spy during this time was Dino Brugioni. He was one of the founding officers of the CIA’s National Photographic Interpretation Center (NPIC) and brought his skills to many crises (Master of the Surveillance Image). Brugioni’s job was to help the photo interpreters and to create a briefing board. Two copies of the board were made: one for the Director of the CIA and one for the Secretary of Defense. He also prepared note cards with details about the mission and how much photography he obtained.
One report came from an agent in Cuba who had seen Cubans being moved out of an area, and Russians moved in. To get more information on the suspicious activity, they sent a U-2 plane over the area, collecting photos. The people collecting the information were very familiar with the area and what drew them in was that they knew certain items did not belong there, such as large tents. In the picture collected, a 65 foot object was measured, which the photograph interpreters knew were too long to be SS-3’s, a medium-range missile. Brugioni referenced a picture he had taken in Moscow of a missile which looked exactly like the 65 foot object. That was the size of an SS-4 without a nose cone. In the 100 foot long tents there were eight, 65 foot long objects. Those were the missiles.
Brugioni reported this information to his boss, Arthur Lundahl, who had said they need to be sure and to do more investigating. Throughout their time researching, they had found a second...

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