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National Security Council Report 68: Note by the Executive Secretary to the National Security Council on United States Objectives and Programs for National Security   [open pdf - 4MB]

Alternate Title: NSC 68: Note by the Executive Secretary to the National Security Council on United States Objectives and Programs for National Security

The analysis included in NSC 68 "indicates that the probable fission bomb capability and possible thermonuclear bomb capability of the Soviet Union have greatly intensified the Soviet threat to the security of the United States. This threat is of the same character as that described in NSC 20/4 (approved by the President on November 24, 1948) but is more immediate than had previously been estimated. In particular, the United States now faces the contingency that within the next four or five years the Soviet Union will possess the military capability of delivering a surprise atomic attack of such weight that the United States must have substantially increased general air, ground, and sea strength, atomic capabilities, and air and civilian defenses to deter war and to provide reasonable assurance, in the event of war, that it could survive the initial blow and go on to the eventual attainment of its objectives. In return, this contingency requires the intensification of our efforts in the fields of intelligence and research and development." (From NSC 68, Conclusions and Recommendations)

Report Number:
National Security Council Report 68; NSC 68
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Date:
1950-04-07
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Dudley Knox Library holdings (Scanned)
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pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
Source:
Foreign Relations of the United States (1950), v.1, p.234-292
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