This book provides a comprehensive analysis of Paul H. Nitze’s influence on the making of U.S. national security policy, as well as his recent involvement in arms control negotiations. After World War II, Nitze played a major role in drafting a policy paper for the National Security Council—NSC 68—that profoundly affected U.S. strategic policy. With the outbreak of the Korean War and increased Soviet expansionism in the 1950s, Nitze and his colleagues argued forcefully for a strong program of American rearmament and an expanded peacetime defense force. Dr. Rearden brings the retrospective up to date with a discussion of Nitze’s role in the SALT and Euromissile talks.
Table of Contents
The Johns Hopkins Foreign Policy Institute -- Foreword -- Introduction -- NSC68: Policy and Strategy for the Cold War -- Basic National Security Policy Since NSC 68 -- The Arms Control Imbroglio -- Appendix
Steven L. Rearden is a member of the historical staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Specializing in defense and national security matters, he is the author of The Formative Years, 1947–1950. He has taught at Harvard University and Boston College, and from 1974 to 1976 served as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense on U.S. Soviet strategic arms competition.