Attache Observations: The Face of Moscow in the Missile Crisis

By William F. Scott


This article originally appeared in the spring 1966 edition of Studies in Intelligence.
Soviet brinkmanship in the Cuban crisis of October 1962 focused the attention of Kremlinologists on a relatively new concept in the lexicon of international conflict, “crisis management.” This term encompasses both the chess-like moves one opponent makes externally against the other and the internal measures he takes to control the crisis at home. It is on the latter that this article will chiefly bear.