In what ways did spies during the cold war try to gain information? What did they do with this information and was it beneficial to our country?
Tension after World War 2 between the Western world and the Communist world.
The largest tension was between the US and the Soviet Union.
After the debatable “success” of the atomic bomb there was talk of using it again
Every country now wanted to know who had one, where it was kept, and when/if they would be using it
Differences between the US and the Soviet Union were intensified by suspicions after the war.
Power was largely shared between the Soviet Union and the United States. As one wanted to dominate the other conflicts were inevitable.
Cold and warm
Open warfare is referred to as “hot” war however, when no fighting takes place it is know as “cold” war.
After World War 2, the existence of nuclear weapons on either side meant that fighting would be mean M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction)
Occasional Military clashes
Spies were used to gain information on things such as
Spies during the cold war gained information by watching, listening, and recruiting. Once they had the information it was sent back to headquarters to be analyzed and for a plan to be made for it’s use. At the time it was beneficial to our country because we weren’t really sure what was going to come out of the tensions. Because there was no war, the information that was gained was never really used. However, had there been a war we would have known the extent of their defenses and military plans.