Cuban Missile crisis
Cuban Missile crisis
INTL401 Week Three Paper Format
After reading “What can be learned from the past?” and “Soviet Deception in the Cuban Missile Crisis,” identify any cognitive shortfalls associated with individual or
group perception, memory, analysis, or biases associated with “Operation Anadyr.”
(a) Title of the paper: Perception, Bias, and the Cuban Missile Crisis
(b) Student Name.
(c) Course Number.
(d) Instructor Name.
(e) Date the paper was completed.
Length: four pages, (double spaced, not including the title page and Selected Bibliography).
Section I: Introduction.
(a) Clearly state the purpose of your paper along with the approach you’ll be taking to answer the question. Briefly summarize the key events associated with the
Cuban Missile Crisis.
Section II: Perceiving the build-up to and eventual crisis.
(a)From the above references, identify two specific instances where US political or military personnel mistakenly perceived the build-up to the crisis, the Soviet’s
ability to successfully place nuclear weapons in Cuba, and the Soviet’s response to the crisis. Analyze why the perception was believed to be correct and its impact
on the crisis.
(b) From the above references, identify two specific instances where US political or military personnel allowed a cognitive bias to influence their
assessment/judgment in relation to the build-up to the crisis, the Soviet’s ability to successfully place nuclear weapons in Cuba, and the Soviet’s response to the
crisis. Analyze how the bias occurred its impact on the crisis.
(c) Identify two missed indicators you think would’ve allowed the US to prevent the Soviets from placing weapons in Cuba. Assess why you think these indicators were
missed and how they could’ve altered the conflict had they been collected, identified, and recognized as such.
Section III: Selected Bibliography.
(a) Contains all sources consulted and cited in preparing your paper.
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