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National security policy, 1969-1972 /

by Bennett, M. Todd; Keefer, Edward C. (Edward Coltrin); United StatesDept. of State. -- Office of the Historian; United StatesDept. of State -- Bureau of Public Affairs.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Foreign relations of the United States: 1969-1976, v.34.; Department of State publication: Publisher: Washington [D.C.] : United States Government Printing Office, 2011Description: xxviii, 1064 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780160844119; 0160844118.Subject(s): Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous) 1913-1994 | United States. Dept. of State | National security -- United States -- Sources | Military policy -- Government policy -- United States -- Sources | Vietnam war, 1961-1975 -- Political aspects -- United States -- Sources | Cold War -- Sources | Nuclear nonproliferation -- Soviet Union | Nuclear nonproliferation -- United States | Antimissile missiles -- United States | Antimissile missiles -- Soviet Union | Ballistic missile defenses -- Soviet Union | Ballistic missile defenses -- United States | Chemical arms control | Biological arms control | United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union -- Sources | Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States -- Sources | United States -- Foreign relations -- 1969-1974 -- Sources
Contents:
Preface -- Sources -- Abbreviations and terms -- Persons -- National security policy, 1969-1972. Parity, safeguard, and the SS-9 controversy; The Joint Chiefs of Staff readiness test; Chemical and biological warfare, Safeguard phase II, the draft; The defense budget and Safeguard phase III; The defense budget and U.S. national security policy; Taking stock -- Index.
Summary: This volume documents U.S. national security policy in the context of the Vietnam War and the changing Cold War strategic balance between the United States and the Soviet Union. [It] documents the Nixon administration's efforts to grapple with this new strategic situation and provides coverage of the following: the administration'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 volume also examines chemical and biological weapons policy; U.S. nuclear policy in Asia; the evolution of the administration's strategic priorities in light of an ever-shrinking defense budget; and the transition from military conscription to an all-volunteer armed force. Additionally, the volume provides previously unreleased material regarding the October 1969 Joint Chiefs of Staff Readiness Test, in which Nixon secretly placed on alert portions of the United States military, including its nuclear forces. Throughout this volume, a consistent theme is the relationship between military strength and diplomatic strength; in particular, the importance of military might-real or perceived-to the United States' ability to maintain credibility in the eyes of allies and adversaries alike.--Information from the Preface.
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"Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs"--T.p. verso.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Preface -- Sources -- Abbreviations and terms -- Persons -- National security policy, 1969-1972. Parity, safeguard, and the SS-9 controversy; The Joint Chiefs of Staff readiness test; Chemical and biological warfare, Safeguard phase II, the draft; The defense budget and Safeguard phase III; The defense budget and U.S. national security policy; Taking stock -- Index.

This volume documents U.S. national security policy in the context of the Vietnam War and the changing Cold War strategic balance between the United States and the Soviet Union. [It] documents the Nixon administration's efforts to grapple with this new strategic situation and provides coverage of the following: the administration'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 volume also examines chemical and biological weapons policy; U.S. nuclear policy in Asia; the evolution of the administration's strategic priorities in light of an ever-shrinking defense budget; and the transition from military conscription to an all-volunteer armed force. Additionally, the volume provides previously unreleased material regarding the October 1969 Joint Chiefs of Staff Readiness Test, in which Nixon secretly placed on alert portions of the United States military, including its nuclear forces. Throughout this volume, a consistent theme is the relationship between military strength and diplomatic strength; in particular, the importance of military might-real or perceived-to the United States' ability to maintain credibility in the eyes of allies and adversaries alike.--Information from the Preface.

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