New Challenges to NATO Strategy

Four foreign policy experts question the "first-use" doctrine

It looked like a reunion of the best and the brightest, as four former architects of U.S. foreign policy sat together at a crowded press conference in Washington Last week. Spokesman for the group was Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of Defense from 1961 to 1968. Flanking him were McGeorge Bundy, National Security Adviser to John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson; George F. Kennan, former Ambassador to the Soviet Union and the grand old man of U.S. diplomacy; and Gerard Smith, chief negotiator of SALT I.

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