Perception, Bias, and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Perception, Bias, and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Order Description

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.”

General Requirements

1. Document Format.
a. MS Word document
b. One-inch (1”) margins
c. Times New Roman Font
d. Twelve (12) pitch

2. Citation Format: Turabian. As stated in the Academic Integrity Briefings, information taken directly from another source must be placed in quotations and cited

following the Turabian format contained in the week one “lessons” folder.

3. Graphics are not allowed.

4. As stated in the grading rubric, students must (1) employ imaginative approaches to answer the question being asked; (2) display an impressive command of the

subject matter beyond the immediately obvious; (3) demonstrate a high level of critical thinking y reflection current and world views, and genuine intellectual

development; and (4) excel in explaining all major points using multiple examples from the course readings or individual research.

Title Page.
(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: Minimum of four pages, no more than five 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 course readings/presentations, 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 course readings/presentations, 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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