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The Evolution of U.S. Strategic Command and Control and Warning, 1945-1972,
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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In the summer of l974, the Secretary of Defense requested that a study be undertaken of the strategic arms competition between the United States and the Soviet Union from l945 to 1972. The purpose of the study was twofold a to provide a comprehensive historical account, hitherto unavailable, of the strategic competition and b to provide the basis for examining various hypotheses as to its origins and development. This extensive research effort, under the direction of the Chief Historian, OSD, was divided into eight discrete studies, each covering both US and Soviet developments, and was assigned to a number of agencies. The subject matter of these studies included missiles, bombers, space, and warheads air defense aircraft carriers and ballistic missile submarines forces and budgets US and Soviet chronologies, high-level decisions, organization and command and control and warning. The eight studies are intended to provide the basic research and analysis from which another study team will prepare an integrated report of US and Soviet developments for the Secretary of Defense.
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