Perception and Misperception D+24 (2 August, 1987) 0100-0200 Zulu

Moscow, USSR 0100 Zulu (0500 Local) The Defense Council was huddled together in the secure conference room located on the wing adjacent to the general secretary’s living quarters. It was now beyond first light in Moscow and the Politburo was set to meet at 6:30. In the next ninety minutes some critical decisions had to …

D+23 (1 August, 1987) 0241-0400 Zulu

Moscow, USSR 0240 (0640 Local) General Secretary Romanov’s day started with an informal meeting of the Defense Council members in his Kremlin personal residence. The attendees were gathered in his quite comfortable study awaiting Romanov’s arrival. As they waited, the men exchanged news on the status of the war or relief and recovery operations in …

D+18 0801-1200 Zulu, 27 July, 1987 Part I

Moscow, USSR  0830 Zulu 1130 Local The first Politburo meeting of the day concluded at 10 AM. Afterwards, the Defense Council reconvened immediately. Before this morning, the overall mood of the Politburo hinted at growing apprehension over the state of the war. The briefing given by CINC-West at the morning session confirmed that operations on …

The Politics of Global War: The Restive Kremlin D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part II

Marshal Akhromeyev started with Germany. He did not exaggerate or diverge from the truth, yet presented only as many details as were necessary to support the briefing. The Red Army was advancing-slower than expected but still moving west. The reasons for the slow progress were summarized swiftly with Akhromeyev careful not to dwell, or allow …

The Politics of Global War: The Restive Kremlin D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part I

General Secretary Grigory Romanov summoned the core Defense Council members of the Politburo to the Kremlin at 1 AM. In addition, the Chief of the General Staff Marshal Akhromeyev, and KGB Chairman Viktor Chebrikov were also ordered to attend. Largely surprised, bewildered, and even slightly alarmed by the instruction, the men raced to the Kremlin …