Team B

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FounderGeorge H. W. Bush
InterestsUS/Nuclear weapons, USSR/Nuclear weapons
Membership• Richard Pipes
• William Van Cleave
• Daniel Graham
• Thomas Wolfe
• John Vogt Jr.
• Foy Kohler
• Paul Nitze
• Seymour Weiss
• Jasper Welch
• Paul Wolfowitz
• Roland Herbst
• John Brett
• John Kirk
• Chuck Stowe
• David Vaughn
• Larry D. Welch
• Charles Lerch
• James Drake
• Daniel Fink
A group of hawks to talk up the Soviet threat.

The Team B exercise was an alternative review of the CIA's National Intelligence Estimates commissioned by George H. W. Bush when he became CIA director in 1976, at the behest of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. It has been described by Tom Barry as a "classic case of threat escalation by hawks determined to increase military budgets and step up the U.S. offensive in the cold war".[1]


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Advisory Panel

Missile Accuracy Panel

Air Defense Panel

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Related Quotation

CIA[Bush] wielded this heightened power on behalf of the military industrial complex that president Eisenhower had so famously warned against. Politicising the process of intelligence analysis, he imposed a systematic bias that took a new, harder line towards the communist block. This was a direct reversal of the Nixon-Kissinger policy of detente. Under the guidance of Rumsfeld, Cheney, a young Paul Wolfowitz and others who had ascended in the Halloween massacre, Poppy began finding ways to get around the analysts who did not sufficiently hype the Soviet threat. To that end, he created a second analytical team which produced alarming estimates of Soviet military capabilities. The concept was known as Team A - Team B. In this way, Poppy was the father of the analytical gamesmanship his son would use to justify war with Iraq nearly three decades later, under the guidance of the same Rumseld, Cheney and Wolfowitz.”


  1. Tom Barry, Remembering Team B, Right Web, 12 February 2004.