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The Nuclear SpiesAmerica's Atomic Intelligence Operation against Hitler and Stalin$
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Vince Houghton

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501739590

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501739590.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

The Principal Uncertainty

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(p.1) Introduction
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The Nuclear Spies
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Vince Houghton

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501739590.003.0001

This introductory chapter describes the problems associated with scientific intelligence, and introduces the key questions of the book, namely: Considering how successfully the United States conducted the atomic intelligence effort against the Germans in the Second World War, why was the United States Government unable to create an effective atomic intelligence apparatus to monitor Soviet scientific and nuclear capabilities? Put another way, why did the effort against the Soviet Union fail so badly, so completely, in all potential metrics – collection, analysis, and dissemination? How did we get this so wrong?

Keywords:   scientific intelligence, atomic intelligence, intelligence, Germans, Soviets, nuclear, intelligence failure

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