2 Events

A White Alice station in Alaska. First built in the 1950s, the network was later absorbed into the Defense Communications System.

Air Force Photo

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Consolidation of Strategic Communications in the United States, 1950–1975

Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Belfer Center Library, Room L369

This seminar will consider the strategic communications that connected political, military, and diplomatic officials during the Cold War.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

The underground command post of the Strategic Air Command, circa 1965. In the event of a war with the Soviet Union, most U.S. nuclear forces would have received their striking orders from this room.

National Security Archive

Seminar - Open to the Public

Crisis in Command: Origins of U.S. Nuclear Command and Control, 1958–1962

Thu., Mar. 14, 2013 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Belfer Center Library, Room L369

Throughout the Cold War, many officials and analysts feared that nuclear warfare could not be controlled. Nuclear forces were so complex, and their leadership so vulnerable to attack, that a major confrontation might quickly collapse into random violence against civilian populations. Despite more than $1 trillion in funding, the search for satisfaction outlasted the Cold War itself. This seminar explores the historical origins of U.S. nuclear command and control in the five years after Sputnik, when the issue first attracted high-level attention.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.