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Exercise Able Archer 83 After Action Report 1 December 1983

Exercise Able Archer 83 After Action Report 1 December 1983

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After action report for Able Archer exercise.
After action report for Able Archer exercise.

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SACEUR
Exerei
se
ABLE
ARCHER
8
J
(U)
After
Action
Report (U)
1.
(
U)
General.
A.
.,..".
ABLE
ARCHER
(AA)
is
fin
annual
SACEUR-sponsored
Allied
COI!UD8pd
Europe
CPX
to
practice
command
and
control
procedures
with
particular
emphasison
the
transition
from
purely
conventional
operations
to
chemical,
nuclear
.and
conventional
operations.
It
is
the
CUlmination
of
SACEUR's
annual
AUTUMN
FORGE
exercise
series.
B.
ItfJIIf
ABLE
ARCHER
83
was conducted
7-11
Nov
,83
with
three
days
of
"low spectrum"
conventional
play
followed by two days
of
"high
spectrum"
nuclear
warfare.
Due
to
the
low spectrum
lead-in
for
AA
8),
SAC
was
invited
to
provide
liaison
officers/advisors
to
observe
and
comment
on
operation
of
B-52
and
KC-135
assets in
accordance
with
SACEUR
OPLANs
10604,
FANCY
GIRL
and 1060"
GOLDEN
EAGLE.
C.
(U)
SAC
Participation
(Background)
1.
WfJIf
SAC
participated
in
a
previous
AA
with
two
observers.
Due
to the
nature
of
the exercise
and
the possible
political
implications
or
inferences of
B-52
involvement,
future
SAC
participation
was
discouraged.
2.
ItJiII1
SHAPE
announced
that
AA
83
scenario
had
been
changed
to
include
three
days
of
low
spec~rum
activity
and
requested
that
SAC
take
an
active part
in
the exercise.
SAC
proposed
sending
a team
of
two
observers
to
each
MSC, SHAPE
and
UK
RAOC.
SHAPE
accepted
this
proposal, with
the
understanding
that
personnel
were
toact
as observers/advisors
to
the
staff
at
each
level.
A
description
of
ADVON
activities at
these
locations
is
contained
in
Section
II.
D.
(rr)
..
SAC
objectives
for
ABLE
ARCHER
8)
were
to:
,
.
-
1:
J,I!tIf
Observe
NATO
play
of
B-,2
and KC-I)5 employment
in
accordance
with
SACEUR
OPLANs.
2. (U)
Determine
if
future
participation
is
warranted,
and
if
so,
to
what
extent.
3.
(U)
Interface
'
with
SACEUR
and
MSC
War
Headquarters'
staffs
for
mutual
education.
4.
(U) Update
location
guides.
E.
(q)SAC
ADVON
composition
for
ABLE
ARCHER
83
was
as
follows:
1.
(U)
AFNORTH:
MaJ
Paul
J.
Erbacher,
7
AD
/DOC,
Bomber
Planner
MaJ
Arunas
Siul
e,
7AD/D08,
Tanker
Planner
1
 
Ex
U7
.
2.
(U)
AFCENT:
')
Lt
Col
Arthur
J.
Lindemer,
HQ
SAC/DOO,
Bomber
Planner
Maj
Ronald
J.
Valentine,
HQ
SAC/XOO,
Tanker
Planner
3.
(u)
AFSOUTH:
Lt
Col
Michael
J.
DePaul,
8AF/OOX,
Bomber
Planner
Lt
Col
John
P.
Bateman,
8AF/DOX,
Tanker
Planner
4 ..
(u)
SHAPE:
Lt
Col
William
N.
Maxwell,
7AD/DOX,
Bomber
Planner
MaJ
Peter
W.
Hardin,
8AF/OOO,
Tanker
Planner
5.
(u)
UK
RAOC:
Maj
Geoffrey
C. Wenke,.
15AF/DOXX,
Tanker
Planner
2

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