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Department of State and Department of Defense

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Department of State and Department of Defense

Year Written

1950

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  • After World War II ended in 1945, the Cold War developed between the capitalist and democratic United States and the communist Soviet Union, and their respective allies.
  • In 1949 two events—the explosion of an atomic bomb by the Soviet Union in August and the communist revolution in China—led the United States to develop a new Cold War strategy.
  • President Harry S. Truman (1884–1972) ordered a review of U.S. national security strategy. In April 1950 a team composed of members of the State Department and the Defense Department presented their findings in a classified report known as NSC-68.
  • NSC-68 defines the struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union as a fight to prevent Soviet world domination.
  • The report advocates large increases in defense spending and re-armament of European allies to contain the communist threat.
  • Truman was initially unconvinced by the report. In June 1950, however, communist North Korean forces invaded noncommunist South Korea. Many of the proposals in NSC-68 were swiftly adopted.
  • The report was declassified in 1975. It is a vital record of how the United States prepared its strategies in the early years of the Cold War.

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