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Cryptonym: AEDEPOT

Definition:
AEDEPOT (formerly AEREADY) (1957-65) was designed to provide a trained "Hot War" cadre of agents who could be used during a period of heightened tensions/increased alert or during actual hostilities against the Soviet Union. Mikola Abramtchik, Constantine Mierlak, Tscherim Soobzokov associated with Project. AEDEPOT personnel were made available to other functions within the CIA at the Director's approval - for instance personnel from that unit were used in training Cuban volunteers at bases in both Panama and Guatemela for the JMMATE project against Castro's regime in Cuba
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/AEACRE%20%20%20VOL.%201_0045.pdf https://archive.org/details/AEDEPOT
Sources:

Research Aid: Cryptonyms and Terms in Declassified CIA Files Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Disclosure Acts - https://www.archives.gov/files/iwg/declassified-records/rg-263-cia-records/second-release-lexicon.pdf

AEDEPOT (formerly AEREADY) (1957-65) was designed to provide a trained "Hot War" cadre of agents who could be used during a period of heightened tensions/increased alert or during actual hostilities against the Soviet Union. Mikola Abramtchik, Constantine Mierlak, Tscherim Soobzokov associated with Project.

Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume II: Participation in the Conduct of Foreign Policy Current Section: G. The Special Forces Trainers -- Pragmatism and Patience

"(Starting in March 1960) WH/4 (the CIA's Cuban division) faced the problem of acquiring trained personnel to instruct the cadre being prepared for small unit guerrilla warfare operations; and later there were numerous difficulties in acquiring personnel for training the invasion force. Although not without difficulty, small unit cadres were trained at Fort Randolph in the Panama Canal Zone for infiltration, the establishment of commo activities, and sabotage. With the move to Guatemala, it was obvious that additional trainers would be required; and as a result, Chief JMATE worked very closely with the Soviet Division, particularly the Domestic Operations Base, to obtain the services of the so-called 'unofficial Americans' who had been recruited by SB under the AEDEPOT program to serve as trainers for the Cuban Brigade. Formal arrangements between the Soviet Division and JMATE were concluded in early September 1960..."

104-10162-10098: CABLE RE SEVEN AGENTS MENTIONED IN PARA 5 REF A NOT AMBIDDY-1'S TEAM MEMBERS

2/8/61 cable from JMRAND to BELL: "Seven agents mentioned (in DIR 24219) are not repeat not AMBIDDY-1's team members...Must send A-1's team members in accord (with RAND 194). Desire send additional seven agents cited (DIR 24219 and RAND 204) if HQs occurs. Total pax would then be AMBIDDY-1 and his team members 2535, 2821, 2616, 2576, 2768 plus two additional teams consisting of 2516, 2520, 2581, 2705, 2525, 2701, 2586 and two conducting officers Mr. REDACTED and AEDEPOT person Mr. REDACTED. Note that (RAND 194) trainees 2508 and 2517 are w/t operators who departed JMRYE 5 January for training (in) HQs area."

https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/AEACRE%20%20%20VOL.%201_0045.pdf

6/14/62, Memorandum to Chief, SR Division, from Chief, SR, DOB: Cyril F. Rosony is described as "the debriefer and evaluator of SR candidates for the AEDEPOT assessment program". The program had at least two "senior instructors".

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Contributors:
David Boylan • Larry Hancock • Bill Simpich

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