U.S. Intelligence on Asia, 1945-1991

The purpose of this unique online collection is to provide students and researchers with the declassified documentary record about the successes and failures of the U.S. intelligence community in the Far East during the Cold War (1945-1991). Particular emphasis is given to America’s principal antagonists in Asia during the Cold War era: the People’s Republic of China, North Korea and North Vietnam. However, countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia are covered as well.

Number of documents: 4,285
Number of pages: ca. 23,500

Auxiliary aids:
- Introductory essay
- Glossary of acronyms
- Chronology
- Bibliography
- MARC21 catalog records

Sourcing archives:
- National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland
- CIA-CREST database
- Harry S. Truman Library, Independence, Missouri
- Dwight D. Eisenhower Library, Abilene, Kansas
- John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, Massachusetts
- Lyndon B. Johnson Library, Austin, Texas
- Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library, Yorba Linda, California
- Gerald R. Ford Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, Atlanta, Georgia
- Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California
- Library of Congress Manuscript Division, Washington, D.C.
- U.S. Army Center for Military History, Washington, D.C.
- U.S. Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
- Naval Historical Center Operational Archives, Washington, D.C.
- Douglas MacArthur Library, Norfolk, Virginia
- National Archives of the United Kingdom, Kew, UK
- National Archives of Australia, Canberra, Australia
- Vietnam Archive, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
- Archives of the National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
- Archives of the Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

See also the companion collections: Cold War Intelligence, U.S. Intelligence on the Middle East, 1945-2009, U.S. Intelligence on Europe, 1945-1995, and Weapons of Mass Destruction.

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Intelligence historians, Cold War historians, military historians, graduate and undergraduate students of modern history, American and Asian Studies departments, and researchers working on international relations, security, and the wars in Vietnam and Korea.
Matthew M. Aid is a leading expert on intelligence matters. He is the author of The Secret Sentry, the definitive history of the National Security Agency, and Intel Wars, the history of the U.S. intelligence community during the administration of President Barack Obama. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Collection highlights:
- The Vietnam War (1961-1975)
- The Korean War (1950-1953)
- The Chinese civil war and the collapse of the Chiang Kai-shek regime (1946-1949)
- U.S. intelligence gathering and covert action activities conducted from Taiwan (1949-1979)
- U.S. involvement in the war in Indochina between the French and the Viet Minh (1946-1954)
- The role of intelligence in the Taiwan Strait crises of 1954, 1958 and 1962
- U.S. intelligence community’s deep involvement in the civil war in Laos (1959-1975)
- U.S. intelligence involvement in Cambodia (1961-1975)
- The Indonesia-Malaysia conflicts of November 1962 and September 1964
- Seizure of the US merchant ship Mayaguez by the Khmer Rouge in May 1975
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