Alternate Title: PD/NSC 41: U.S. Civil Defense Policy
In this Directive, President Carter directs that "the U.S. Civil Defense Program seek to: -- Enhance deterrence and stability in conjunction with our strategic offensive and other strategic defensive forces. Civil defense, as an element of the strategic balance, should assist in maintaining perceptions of that balance favorable to the U.S. -- Reduce the possibility that the U.S. could be coerced in time of crisis. -- Provide some increase in the number of surviving population and for greater continuity of government, should deterrence and escalation control fail, in order to provide an improved basis for dealing with the crisis and carrying out eventual national recovery."
PD/NSC 41; Presidential Directive 41
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