Accession Number:

ADA272931

Title:

Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis: Presidential Decision-Making and Its Effect on Military Employment During the Kennedy Administration

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis 3 Aug 1992-4 Jun 1993

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-06-04

Pagination or Media Count:

128.0

Abstract:

This study investigates the methods by which President John F. Kennedy arrived at decisions to deploy the military in the conduct of foreign policy. Specifically, the events covered are the Bay of Pigs, which represents the nadir of Kennedys foreign policy experience, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, regarded as his high water mark as a world leader. Further, this study examines how effectively Kennedy employed the military once he arrived at the decision to deploy them in pursuit of his policies. President Kennedy served during a period of extraordinary turbulence. His preferred instrument of choice in foreign policy matters was the military. This study explores the maturation of Kennedys decision-making process and how its evolution most affected the military. The study focuses on Kennedys personality and the Cold War political realities to arrive at an understanding of the decision making mindset of the era. From this point of reference, the measure of effectiveness of Kennedys flexible response strategy is validated and his employment of the military can be judged a qualified success. Bay of Pigs, Presidential decision-making, Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy administration. Military employment,

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE