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As the principal group of military advisers to the President of the United States, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) is the most important body of military leaders in the world. While papers and reports of the JCS were previously among the most closely guarded secrets of the government, the JCS has opened millions of pages of those documents to researchers. Operational reports, research and development studies, intelligence estimates, contingency combat plans, and policy studies of friends and foes: these are just a few of the areas covered in Records of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Rich in facts and details that were once out of reach for scholars, these documents give a firsthand account of the innermost workings of the top level military and diplomatic planning in the government. Part 3, 1954-1960, focuses on the evolution of the Cold War, its many flashpoints, and development of American military policy. This publication includes documents that highlight the East-West struggle in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

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