Listening & interpreting Cold War Soviet secrets with the USAF and NSA


Tim served in the USAF and the NSA from 1975 to 1988.

This included stints at US Air Force Electronic Warfare Center at Kelly AFB, Texas and at RAF Chicksands, in the UK working on SIGINT collection of  USS, Warsaw Pact, and other targets.

He also served as part of the  Cryptologic Support Group, Strategic Air Command (SAC) HQ, Offutt AFB, Nebraska providing SIGINT briefings to SAC leadership on worldwide events

In 1983 he transferred to the NSA and later GCHQ, Cheltenham, Glos 1984-1988.

We hear about how the first indications that something was amiss the morning Chernobyl reactor exploded in 1986, the day the cleaners answered the secure phone at SAC HQ, and how at GCHQ the US and British intelligence share information as part of the UKUSA Agreement.

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