Accession Number:

ADA099634

Title:

Our Missing Shield: The U.S. Civil Defense Program in Historical Perspective

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

YOSHPE (HARRY B) SILVER SPRING MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

591.0

Abstract:

This volume, which traces the development of American CD from 1916- 1980, focuses on policies, plans, programs, budgets, organization and management, and on the central problems and critical issues in planning for survival in a nuclear attack. The study concludes that after three decades of effort, the U.S. has only a marginal CD program. Impediments to progress have been the failure to grasp early, and to act on, implications of the experience of Britain, Germany and Japan under heavy bombing in WW II delays in discarding outmoded concepts difficulties in adjusting to the fast pace of weapons technology excessive secrecy about the threat of nuclear weapons and radioactive fallout limited Federal power in CD confusion regarding civil- military relations in this field ambiguity as to the strategic impact of CD problems in designing a balanced program and strategy for survival instability in Federal CD organization and, of highest significance, Presidential and Congressional indifference and neglect and attendant budgetary constraints. There is an urgent need for a national commitment to a meaningful civil defense program, with strong leadership from the President to bring forth vigorous support from the Congress, State legislature and city councils, and from the public at large.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Humanities and History
  • Civil Defense
  • Nuclear Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE