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Spying on ScienceWestern Intelligence in Divided Germany 1945-1961$
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Paul Maddrell

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267507

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267507.001.0001

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The Soviet Exploitation of German Science and the Origins of Scientific Containment

The Soviet Exploitation of German Science and the Origins of Scientific Containment

(p.17) 1 The Soviet Exploitation of German Science and the Origins of Scientific Containment
Spying on Science

Paul Maddrell

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by discussing that although scientific intelligence operations against the Soviet Union were among the causes of the Cold War, a decade later, they were the ones who helped stabilize it. It then talks about the creation of ‘Dustbin’, with the aim of holding German scientists, technicians, and administrators to gather information about Germany's great advances in military technology. It explains that the information gathered was of importance for assessments of future military strength of the USSR. It examines compiled aerial photographs of the USSR. It discusses ways in which the countries sought to use German expertise to increase their scientific knowledge and military power. It investigates two particularly significant deportations of German scientists, engineers, and technicians. It explains that the West's strategic embargo was to enable the West to improve is weapons so that they can make use of the most advanced military and ‘dual-use’ technology.

Keywords:   Soviet Union, Dustbin, USSR, Germany, United States, military technology, weaponry, scientists, Bloc states

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