soviet air defense: who decides to pull the trigger?
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
office of current intelligence
4 SOVIET AIR DEFENSE: DECIDES TO PULL THE TRIGGER?
The recent Incident involving the loss9 aircraft over East Germany demonstrated that, within the Soviet air defense organization,
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their relations with the US. They may evon hnve rade some change in standing operating procedures to reduce .heof future incidents, but no evidence of any such change has been detected.
Other Aircraft Incidents
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The promptness with which the Soviets released both the wreckage of the aircraft and the bodies of its crew suggests that they were concerned with the effect the incident would have on