Key Issues Nuclear Weapons History Presidential Policies John F. Kennedy

President John F. Kennedy

  Life: May 29,1917 to November 22,1963
  In office: January 20,1961 to November 22,1963
  Party: Democrat
 
 

 


Nuclear Policy

On War

Bargaining and Diplomacy before Nuclear War

Commencement address at American University, June 10, 1963 | audio

On Deterrence

Strategic Triad- ICBMs, SLBMs, and ALCMs
   Second Strike Capability.

Flexible Response - Secretary of State McNamara Video Clip

  • Relied on both conventional and nuclear weapons; “Mutual Deterrence”
  • Skeptical of Eisenhower’s policy of Massive Retaliation
  • Raised nuclear threshold in Europe
On Disarmament Joint Statement of Agreed Principles for Disarmament Negotiations, the McCloy-Zorin Accords.

Treaties signed/ratified; Legislation passed

Joint Statement of Agreed Principles for Disarmament Negotiations, the McCloy-Zorin Accords.
1963 Partial Test Ban Treaty

See Nuclear Events.