AUTHORGoodman, Michael S.
TITLESpying on the Nuclear Bear: Anglo-American Intelligence and the Soviet Bomb
PUBLISHERStanford University Press
CITYStanford, CA
DATE PUBLISHED2007
ISBN978-0-8047-5585-6


This book examines the Anglo-American atomic intelligence cooperation as it developed from 1945 to 1958, in response to interest in the Soviet nuclear weapons program. The book examines the intelligence agencies of Britain and the United States to illustrate the evolution of a greater interdependence between the two. Organized into three consecutive five-year periods, the book covers what the author considers to be three distinct phases in the development of Anglo-American atomic intelligence. During the first stage, the Soviet nuclear weapons program became top priority for both British and American intelligence agencies, and the two agencies established themselves as independent yet integral parts of government. The Soviets' first nuclear explosion in 1949, the Joe-1 test in Kazakhstan, ushered in the second phase, which showed a steady increase of Anglo-American intelligence cooperation and the importance of British Atomic Intelligence director Eric Welsh. It is also marked by the creation of an Anglo-American long-range-detection program and the unfortunate successes of Soviet espionage. The third phase addresses the reaction to the launch of Sputnik in 1957 and the Soviet’s capability for a major missile program. It also discusses the termination of the 1946 McMahon Act in 1958, which subsequently allowed a full technical partnership between the United States and the United Kingdom. Several photographs supplement the text, including maps showing flight paths of reconnaissance aircraft that tracked radioactive debris from nuclear testing in the former Soviet Union, and diagrams noting the deposition of that fallout.


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