REFORGER Activated D-4 (5 July, 1987) **

In the hours before President Reagan’s address to the nation at 8 PM Eastern Time on 5 July, 1987, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger was laying the foundation needed to move the US military onto a war footing. In the National Security Council  meeting late that afternoon Reagan decided that with the current crisis now …

Awakening In Brussels **

In the days following Mikhail Gorbachev’s ouster, NATO’s civilian leadership, and military commanders collectively began to consider what the ramifications of the coup for their alliance, its member-nations, and for the military men, their respective commands. Romanov was a dyed-in-the-wool hardliner. It was generally assumed he would  turn his attention to the smoldering situation in …

July 2, 1987- CBS News Special Report **

White House sources have confirmed to CBS News that there has been a clash between US and Soviet warships in the Mediterranean. Less than an hour ago, a Soviet cruiser rammed the frigate USS Klakring east of Malta. The Soviet ship had been shadowing the Saratoga carrier battle group for the last two days. After the ramming, Klakring was fired upon …