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  • Missiles Within Minutes Of Kennedy's Speech
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    Cuban Missile Crisis The Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 was the closest the world has ever come to nuclear war. The crisis was a major confrontation between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The confrontation was caused by the Soviets putting missiles in Cuba, just 90 miles off the coast of the United States of America. The world was in the hands of President John F. Kennedy and Premier Nikita Khrushchev. These two men would have to reach a compromise or else t...
  • Cuban Missile Crisis
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    The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 presents an integrated, comprehensive record of U.S. decision making during the most dangerous U.S. -Soviet confrontation in the nuclear era. Some 3,400 unique records relevant to the crisis, total ling approximately 17,500 pages, are reproduced in the microfiche. Much of the documentation focuses on U.S. decision making during what Robert Kennedy called the 'Thirteen Days' of the missile crisis-from McGeorge Bundy's October 16, 1962 briefing of President Kennedy o...
  • Missiles To The Soviet Union
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    The closest the world has come to nuclear war was the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. This was the tense cold war opposition between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union had installed nuclear missiles in Cuba, just 90 miles off the coast of the United States The Cold War was the result of a clash between communism and capitalism, two opposing world-views. Another cause of the build up to the Cold War was the intransigent attitude of both sides. The Soviet Union was extr...
  • Soviet Missile Sites
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    The Cuban Missile Crisis This essay had to do with the Cuban missile crisis. The paper starts with the Berlin wall. It talks about the division it symbolized. From this, there were many bad things that developed between the U. S and the Soviet Union. But it is also suggested while the U. S was using democracy as a jumping board we did not adhere to all of the principles is came with. In one passage it states that, "On principle that global wars, and revolutionary wars, are not won by the squeami...
  • Soviet Field Commanders In Cuba
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    Eyeball to Eyeball: America, Cuba and The Soviet Union America and The Soviets again using other countries for their own warfare Excitement was high for Cuba, when Fidel Castro overthrew the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in January 1959. With a heady mixture of nationalism and left - wing ideologies US became very cautious for its southern comrades Central and Southern America and perhaps herself. When Castro took over Cuba, the US lost valuable investments in the sugar and tobacco crops of ...
  • Possibility Of Missiles In Cuba
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    A Front Row Seat for the End of the World During the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, I had a front row seat. I was Under Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and, as a consequence, a member of President John Kennedy's Executive Committee (Ex Comm) which dealt with our response. I believe I was the only one permitted to keep notes of the meetings, and have from time to time referred to them over the years. However, my recollections of our debates have been stimulated with...
  • Soviet Union Building Missile Bases In Cuba
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    Cuban Missile Crisis John F. Kennedy's greatest triumph as President of the United States came in 1962, as the world's two largest superpowers, the Soviet Union and the United States, edged closer and closer to nuclear war. The Soviet premier of Russia was caught arming Fidel Castro with nuclear weapons. The confrontation left the world in fear for thirteen long days, with the life of the world on the line. In 1962, Nikita Khrushchev, Premier of the Soviet Union, employed a daring gambit. He sec...
  • Soviet Missiles In Cuba
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    On October 22nd, 1962, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America, addressed the nation on television. In his seven-point speech, he informed his audience that long-range nuclear missiles, capable of "striking most of the major cities in the Western Hemisphere, ranging as far north as Hudson Bay, Canada, and as far south as Lima, Peru" (JFK library p. 3) were being installed in Cuba by the Soviet Union. President Kennedy discussed the United States' response, which i...
  • Second Crucial Part Of Penkovsky's Information
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    Glenn Harding Colonel Oleg Vladmirovich Penkovsky Colonel Oleg Vladmirovich Penkovsky is a name that doesn't ring a bell for most people. However, for many in the intelligence community this name is as about household as you can get. He is a legend in his own right. Those who lived during and through the Cuban missile crisis actually benefited from this man's activities. Colonel Penkovsky was a joint spy for the United States and England. He is often thought of as the highest ranking, most damag...
  • Events Of The Cuban Missile Crisis
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    Start The Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 was one of the turning points of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. At that time the two superpowers came close to war, possibly with nuclear weapons; after it, both countries began to seek ways to adjust to each other, in particular, to prevent the use of nuclear weapons. The events of the Cuban Missile Crisis demonstrated the maturity of the U.S. intelligence community, especially in its ability to collect and analyze inf...
  • Nuclear Missile Attack From Cuba
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    Cuban Missile Crisis The Cuban Missile Crisis was a major confrontation between the United States and Russia over Soviet-supplied missile installations in Cuba. The background to the crisis was Russia's military strength in Europe. At any time Russia would be able to take over Europe through the use of a surprise attack. The US, however, made an attack of this kind very difficult due to its development of the U 2 reconnaissance plane which would give an indication of a Russian intention to attac...
  • 1962 The Soviet Missiles
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    Cuban Missile Crisis When given the opportunity to write a research paper on any conflict or battle during recent American History, one has a number of options: World War Two, the War in Vietnam, and the Korean conflict to name but a few. However, I have chosen a brief period of two weeks during which the very existence of the United States was seriously threatened. To most of my generation the Cuban missile crisis is nonexistent. No one tends to look at non-physical actions as ones of any impor...
  • Nuclear Missile Silos In Cuba
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    The Cuban Missile Crisis The Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 is the closest the world has ever come to nuclear war. The Soviets had installed nuclear missile silos in Cuba, just 90 miles off the coast of the United States. U.S. armed forces were put at their highest state of readiness. Soviet field commanders in Cuba were authorized to use nuclear weapons if invaded by the U.S. The fate of millions literally hinged on the ability of two men, John F. Kennedy and Premier Nikita Khrushchev, to...
  • Identical To The Missiles Khrushchev
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    Nikita Khrushchev and the Cuban Missile Crisis The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 was the closest the world ever came to full-scale nuclear war. When the Soviet Union placed offensive nuclear missiles in Cuba, President Kennedy interpreted the act as one of hostility that would not be tolerated. However, the situation was blown way out or proportion by the president, American media, and ultimately the citizens of the United States. The Soviet Premier, Nikita Khrushchev, was reacting to the Bay of ...
  • Nuclear Missile Bases On Cuba
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    The world will never be the same since October of 1962. It is now known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. The U.S. learned that the Soviets were building nuclear missile bases on Cuba because the Soviets wanted to close the missile gap. Even though the Soviet Union promised they would not attempt to place nuclear weapons in Cuba, they put them there anyway in hopes that the U.S. would not find out until it was too late to do anything about it. The ploy almost worked. The nuclear bases were very near ...
  • U.S. The Soviet Union And China
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    Cold War History: Red Scare & The Arms Race - The '50's Korean War, Arms Race, Red Scare, The Soviet Master, Sputnik Communist power and influence became world threatening by 1950. The Russians exploded their first atomic weapon in August 1949. In China, a bitter civil war was brought to an end with the Chinese Communists under Mao Zedong driving the Nationalist forces under Chiang Kai-Shek off the mainland to set up a U.S. backed government on the island of Taiwan. More than 500 million people ...
  • Missiles The Soviets
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    The Cuban Missile Crisis The Cuban Missile Crisis was a military, diplomatic, and economic crisis between the Soviet Union and the United States, both of whom had specific goals involving global and military power, competition over Cuba, and struggles for superiority. The U.S. faced the problem of the security dilemma, described in the Nye text in reference of states as. ".. the independent efforts of each to build its own strength and security makes both more insecure" (Nye 16). The Soviets fac...
  • Real Life Of O Donnell
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    THIRTEEN DAYS The reason Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara had a dispute with Admiral Anderson when the "Grozny i" took place was because the Admiral told the people on the destroyer to "fire", this caused McNamara to get angry because this could be seen as an attack on the ship and in which case could have started a war. McNamara said that only the President had the authority to attack the ship. McNamara said that this whole thing is a new way Kennedy and Khrushchev are communicating with ea...
  • Pilot Of A U 2 Spy Plane
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    Many Americans regard the Cold War as a time when tensions ran high and war seemed inevitable; when the entire world was torn between two superpowers. What the common citizen did not know, however, was just how real the war was. There was a secret war being fought between America and the Soviet Union at the time and this took the form of arms buildup, the Space Race, and most notably, espionage. One important aspect of the constant spy game between the two countries was the introduction of the A...
  • Soviet Missile Installations Under Construction In Cuba
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    Cuban Missile Crisis On August 6, 1945, the world changed forever. The United States had sent a B-29 bomber plane named "Enola Gay" to fly over the industrial city of Hiroshima, Japan and drop the first atomic bomb ever - "Little Boy". The world had never experienced anything like it. One hundred thousand died almost instantly -- most of them were civilians. Three days later, in Nagasaki, another bomb -- "Fat Man" - was dropped. This time roughly forty thousand died. The people of the world were...

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