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Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Fred Kaplan Annotation pdf (81,098 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Fred Kaplan
Description:
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (81,098 Bytes)
Date:
1985-09-06 (September 6, 1985)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Kaplan, Fred
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: SAM Science and Man Series
Box Number: 109
Folder Number: 32
Unique Identifier:
BBGFQR
Accession Number:
100
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Writings
SubSeries: Science and Man
Folder: S220: "Current Issues in Strategic Arms Control" (25 October 1970)
Transcript:
Fred Kaplan
[stamped, SEP -- 5 1985]
Wizards of Armageddon
First -- may I take the occasion to thank you for a most useful and provocative work of historical scholarship.
Then -- Can you help me on a detail.
I have long been intrigued by the motives that led to the Cuban missile crisis. One key would be that Gilpatric's speech of 10/21/61 was calling Khrushchev's bluff even more than we realized: viz that Soviet ICBM capability was close to zero. In that context, IRBM's in Cuba would greatly add to the Soviet's deterrence.
For that reason, your recitation of the 1960-1961 NIE's and SNIE's was of very great interest; and I have just now read the 6/61 estimate with
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S220
great fascination.
I have not however been able to identify or locate the 9/6/61 SNIE to which you refer, (and therefore not the codeword annex that imputes just 4 SS-6's.) I have no problem with access; so it would be very helpful to me if you could identify this document in more precise detail.
If so, I would appreciate that very much.
Sincerely,
Joshua Lederberg
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2007-01-18
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
KW:  re Wizards of Armageddon; Cuban missile crisis; Gilpatric's
speech of 10/21/61;  (Roger Hilsman - to move a nation);
What was 9/6/61 SNIE that imputed only 4 SS-6's to USSR?:;
[no reply in files];

jl  11/26/00