"As America emerged from World War II, it was evident that a new world order was taking shape, one unlike any that had come before it. In this new arrangement, the United States faced the prospect of having to share its status as a nuclear superpower with a hostile Soviet Union. In 1950 it fell to a small group of individuals in the Departments of State and Defense to devise a strategy capable of protecting American national interests. Paul Nitze, Director of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State at that time, was instrumental in shaping the strategy that emerged from this endeavor-the strategy of containment as embodied in the seminal strategic document of the Cold War era: NSC-68. Over the years, Ambassador Nitze's insights into both the strategy and the process by which it was developed have proven to be invaluable to successive classes at the National War College, where he has been a frequent lecturer since 1947. With the passing of the Cold War, as American leaders once again face the prospect of having to craft a strategy to protect national interests in a new environment, these insights take on new relevance. deserving of an even wider audience. This volume was conceived to satisfy that need."
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