Massive Retaliation/ “New” New
Predelegation of Nuclear
Weapons Usage, 1957, Revised
1959 and 1960
Allowed US nuclear retaliation
against foreign conventional forces.
- Allowed Secretary of Defense and subsequently ranking
commanders, including military officers, to order nuclear retaliation
in emergency .
- Placed nuclear weapons on Hair-trigger Alert Status
U.S. Policy on Continental Defense (July
Strategic Triad- ICBMs, SLBMs, and ALCMs
Second Strike Capability.
Deterrence by threat of Massive Retaliation.
Dulles 1962 Speech
Extended deterrence for allies.
Atoms for Peace Program
Eisenhower’s 1953 Speech
Test Ban Treaty (Partial Test Ban Treaty)
|Treaties signed/ratified; Legislation passed
Atomic Energy Act
1958 Murphy-Dean agreement