Allen Dulles: Address on the Soviet Military Threat

(1959)

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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...