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The so-called “Gaither Report” was presented to the president on November 7, 1957. While the president had asked for an evaluation of fall out and blast shelters the opening page of the report stated that their purpose was to “form a broadbrush opinion of the relative value of various active and passive measures to protect the civilian populations in case of nuclear attack and its aftermath.” This look at active protective measures relegated shelters to a secondary position in a report now concentrated on nuclear deterrence. The rational for this can be found in their assumption that the Soviet Union, with it’s expedient development of military technology, had already exceeded the technical achievements made by the U.S. in ICBM research.
Quotes from:U.S. Congress, Joint Committee on Defense Production. Deterrence and Survival in the Nuclear Age (the “Gaither Report” of 1957), 94th Cong., 2nd sess., 1976. U.S. Government Printing Office.
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The so-called GaitherReport was presented to President Eisenhower on November 7, 1957.
The rational for this can be found in their assumption that the Soviet Union, with its expedient development of military technology, had already exceeded the technical achievements made by the U.S. in ICBM research.
Deterrence and Survival in the Nuclear Age (the “GaitherReport” of 1957), 94th Cong., 2nd sess., 1976.
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