The Battle that Time Forgot

Cold War Counterintelligence and the Enigma of the Soviet Military Liaison Mission

Aden Magee

The untold story of the Soviet Military Liaison Mission (SMLM) in West Germany and the U.S. Military Liaison Mission (USMLM) in East Germany.
Date Published :
June 2021
Publisher :
Casemate
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781612009933
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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This book details the Soviet Military Liaison Mission (SMLM) in West Germany and the U.S. Military Liaison Mission (USMLM) in East Germany as microcosms of the Cold War strategic intelligence and counterintelligence landscape. Thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Soviet and U.S. Military Liaison Missions are all but forgotten. Their operation was established by a post-WWII Allied occupation forces' agreement, and missions had relative freedom to travel and collect intelligence throughout East and West Germany from 1947 until 1990.

This book addresses Cold War intelligence and counterintelligence in a manner that provides a broad historical perspective and then brings the reader to a never-before documented artifact of Cold War history. The book details the intelligence/counterintelligence dynamic that was among the most emblematic of the Cold War. Ultimately, the book addresses a saga that remains one of the true Cold War enigmas.

About The Author
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Aden Magee operated as the commander of a highly specialized Counterintelligence (CI) element in West Germany during the culminating decade of the Cold War, which enabled him to pull together an unprecedented story with broad historical context. He is a retired U.S. Army officer, CI Agent, and veteran of foreign wars. He has worked as a consultant to senior executives in the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since his retirement from the Army in 2005. He is a published author with over 45,000 books sold. He is widely published in reputed intelligence and security journals.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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INTRODUCTION
PAST IS PROLOGUE
BOOK I: MILITARY LIAISON MISSION HISTORY AND EVOLUTION
PART I: MILITARY LIAISON MISSION HISTORY
1. THE FORMATIVE YEARS
2. THE EVOLUTION OF MILITARY LIAISON MISSION COOPERATIVE NORMS
3. THE EVOLUTION OF MIL LIAISON MISSION COMPETITIVE NORMS
4. A PERIOD OF RELATIVE CALM
5. INTO THE FINAL DECADE
6. INSIGHTS ON HISTORY
PART II: EVOLUTION OF THE MILITARY LIAISON MISSION GAME
7. HOW THE PLAYERS PLAYED OFFENSE
8. THE COUNTER USMLM PROCESS
9. THE COUNTER SMLM-F PROCESS
10. THE STRATEGY, THE NARRATIVE, THE ENIGMA

BOOK II: THE WILDERNESS OF MIRRORS
PART I: THE STRATEGIC WILDERNESS OF MIRRORS
11. THE DEMISE OF U.S. COUNTERINTELLIGENCE
12. THE VOID IN U.S. COUNTERINTELLIGENCE PERSISTS
13. THE SIXTEEN-YEAR MOLEHUNT
14. WHY THE COLD WAR WAS A U.S. INTELLIGENCE AND COUNTERINTELLIGENCE FAILURE
PART II: THE MILITARY LIAISON MISSION WILDERNESS OF MIRRORS
SECTION I: OPPORTUNITIES LOST PRIOR TO THE DARK ERA OF COUNTERINTELLIGENCE
15. THE LOST SOURCES
16. THE SLOW MATURATION OF CI
17. PROJECT DART
18. THE LOST LEAD
SECTION II: THE MILITARY LIAISON MISSION MICROCOSM
19. THEY KNEW ALL
20. THE DECEPTION THEORY AND NARRATIVES
21. A QUESTION OF COVERT SUPPORT
22. ENTERING THE FINAL DECADE
23. THE NICHOLSON NEGOTIATIONS
BOOK III: THE FINAL DECADE AND THE BATTLE THAT TIME FORGOT
PART I: COUNTERINTELLIGENCE GETS SERIOUS IN THE DECADE OF THE SPY
24. CI BEGINS TO FOCUS ON THE SMLM-F ENIGMA
25. TO CATCH A SPY
PART II: THE REQUIREMENT FOR A COUNTERESPIONAGE CAPABILITY
26. USAREUR UNRAVELS THE WILDERNESS
27. WHEN THE TWO SURVEILLANCE TRAJECTORIES MET
28. THE REQUIREMENT FOR A SURVEILLANCE CAPABILITY IN EUROPE
PART III: THE FINAL REFLECTION IN THE COLD WAR WILDERNESS OF MIRRORS
29. THE EUROPEAN SURVEILLANCE CAPABILITY GOES OPERATIONAL
30. LANCE BLADE
31. THE FINAL REFLECTION
PART IV: THE LAST CI BATTLES OF THE COLD WAR
32. TYING UP LOOSE ENDS
33. THE FIRST AND LAST OPERATION
EPILOGUE

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