Allen Dulles: Address on the Soviet Military Threat

(1959)

In his 1959 Address on the Soviet Military Threat, the longtime director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Allen Dulles, warned Americans against complacency in the face of increasing Soviet military-industrial capabilities and the spread of Communist ideology abroad. In both private meetings and public speeches and television appearances, Dulles remained remarkably consistent: He perceived the Soviet Union as a major threat to world peace—specifically to the stable relations that ought to have prevailed between the United States and its former enemies, especially Germany. The...

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