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The Cuban missile crisis. The Cuban Missile Crisis was a six-day public confrontation in October 1962 between the United States and the Soviet Union over the presence of Soviet strategic nuclear missiles in Cuba. It ended when the Soviets agreed to remove the weapons in return for a US agreement not to invade Cuba and a secret assurance that American missiles in Turkey would be withdrawn. The confrontation stemmed from the ideological rivalries of the Cold War. It raised a real threat of nuclear war but was a turning point given that, in its wake, American and Soviet leaders adopted more sober attitudes to East-West relations. The crisis accelerated the development of a more complicated, polycentric world, with some of Washington and Moscow’s respective allies, charting a more independent path after 1962 – partly because of a lack of consultation during the missile confrontation.

Practically every minute of the missile crisis has been scrutinized intensely. There are at least three reasons. English101. The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II. A Collection of Primary Sources Updated National Security Archive Posting Marks 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Japan and the End of World War II Extensive Compilation of Primary Source Documents Explores Manhattan Project, Petitions Against Military Use of Atomic Weapons, Debates over Japanese Surrender Terms, Atomic Targeting Decisions, and Lagging Awareness of Radiation Effects New Information Spotlights General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Early Misgivings about First Nuclear Use General Curtis Lemay's Report on the Firebombing of Tokyo, March 1945 National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 525 Edited by William Burr Originally posted - August 5, 2005 First updated - April 27, 2007 Latest update - August 4, 2015 For more information, contact: William Burr – 202 / 994-7000 or August 4, 2015- A few months after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, General Dwight D.

The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II: A Collection of Primary Sources I. I. V. The 1983 War Scare: Able Archer 83 Declassified. Nate Jones describes the second War Scare posting. Washington, D.C., May 21, 2013 – The NATO nuclear release exercise at the heart of the 1983 War Scare included at least four new components that differed from previous "routine" exercises, according to detailed, newly declassified chronologies of Able Archer 83, posted today by the National Security Archive ( ). The Able Archer controversy has featured numerous descriptions of the exercise as so "routine" that it could not have alarmed the Soviet military and political leadership. To mark the 30 th anniversary of the War Scare, the National Security Archive is posting, over three installments, the most complete online collection of declassified US documents, material from the Russian archives, and contemporary interviews on the 1983 War Scare.

An earlier posting examined the debate over whether the Soviets were genuinely fearful of a Western nuclear attack or were "just huffing and puffing. " Today's posting includes: Launch on Warning: The Development of U.S. Capabilities, 1959-1979. Washington, D.C., April 2001 – The Bush administration is in the midst of a nuclear posture review. In his May 1 speech, President George W. Bush announced his support for missile defense and cuts in weapons, but his announcement did not refer to the alert posture of U.S. strategic forces. In a major campaign speech on nuclear weapons policy that he delivered in May 2000 , then-presidential candidate Bush addressed concerns about the instant-reaction status of U.S. strategic nuclear forces.

Declaring that "the United States should remove as many weapons as possible from high-alert, hair-trigger status," Bush argued that the capability for a "quick launch within minutes of warning" was an "unnecessary vestige of cold-war confrontation. " Not only was the quick-launch posture outdated, it was dangerous: "keeping so many weapons on high alert may create unacceptable risks of accidental or unauthorized launch. " 1 Under the circumstances of the U.S. When the U.S. Source: Dwight D. The 1983 War Scare: The Last Paroxysm of the Cold War. Washington, D.C., May 16, 2013 – Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov warned US envoy Averell Harriman that the Reagan administration's provocations were moving the two superpowers toward "the dangerous 'red line'" of nuclear war through "miscalculation" in June of 1983.

Andropov delivered this warning six months before the 1983 "War Scare" reached its crux during the NATO nuclear release exercise named Able Archer 83, according to Harriman's notes of the conversation posted for the first time today by the National Security Archive ( ). The meeting provides important, first-hand evidence of Soviet leadership concerns about a possible US threat. Nate Jones describes the War Scare, and how it got him interested in the Freedom of Information Act. The documents in this series provide new information and add nuance to the ongoing debate over the significance — some even argue, the existence — of a genuine war scare in the Soviet Union.

"Huffing and puffing? " The 1983 War Scare: A "Rather Stunning Array of Indicators. Nate Jones describes the third War Scare posting. Washington, D.C., May 22, 2013 – President Ronald Reagan weighed the "rather stunning array of indicators" reported by the U.S. intelligence community during the 1983 War Scare and concluded — although the intelligence community remained divided — that "maybe they [the Soviets] are scared of us & think we are a threat. I'd like to go face to face & explore this with them," according to documents posted today by the National Security Archive ( ). To mark the 30 th anniversary of the War Scare, the National Security Archive has posted, over three installments, the most complete online collection of declassified U.S. documents, material from the now-closed Russian archives, and contemporary interviews on the 1983 War Scare.

Today's posting includes: From the National Security Agency's American Cryptology During the Cold War, 1945 - 1989, Book IV: Cryptologic Rebirth, 1981-1989 . Source: Ronald Reagan, ed. Declassified Pentagon History Provides Hair-Raising Scenarios of U.S. Vulnerabilities to Nuclear Attack through 1970s. Study Specifically Addresses U.S. Strategic Command-Control-and-Communications [C3] Systems President Could Try to Survive Attack by Escaping or Try to Command U.S.

Forces - But Not Both, According to One Report Reagan Spent Billions on C3 Upgrades But Kept Secret Its Top Priority National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 403 Posted - November 19, 2012 Edited by William Burr For more information contact: William Burr - 202/994-7000 or Washington, D.C., November 19, 2012 – For decades, U.S. command-control-and-communications (C3) systems were deeply vulnerable to nuclear attack, according to a recently declassified Pentagon study. A 1978 Defense Science Board report cited by the JCS history found that the "provisions for National Command Authority survival were critically deficient. " The National Security Archive obtained this JCS historical study through a Freedom of Information Act appeal to the Defense Department. Document 2: L. . [2] .