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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1972: Volume XXXIV: National Security Policy, 1969-1972
M. Todd Bennett (ed)
This vol. documents U.S. national security policy in the context of the Vietnam War and the changing Cold War strategic balance between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. When President Richard Nixon assumed office in Jan. 1969, the U.S. no longer held commanding military superiority over its superpower rival. Since the end of his stint as Vice President in 1961, the Soviets had achieved a rough strategic parity that left the U.S. with ńˇýsignificant vulnerabilitiesńˇŁ vis-ÝŠ-vis the USSR. This vol.documents the Nixon admin.ńˇ╗s efforts to grapple with this new strategic situation and provides coverage of the following: The admin.ńˇ╗s review of U.S. nuclear and general purpose forces and strategic doctrine; its attempts to ascertain the level of technological sophistication achieved by the Soviet missile program; and its decision to deploy Safeguard, a modified anti-ballistic missile system. The vol. also examines chemical and biological weapons policy; U.S. nuclear policy in Asia; the evolution of the admin.ńˇ╗s strategic priorities in light of an ever-shrinking defense budget; and the transition from military conscription to an all-volunteer armed force. Additionally, it provides previously unreleased material regarding the Oct. 1969 Joint Chiefs of Staff Readiness Test, in which Nixon secretly placed on alert portions of the U.S. military, including its nuclear forces. This is a print on demand report.
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