Paul Nitze

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Secretary of the Navy Paul Nitze

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From card catalog: Paul H. Nitze, Secretary of the Navy, speaking on the role of sea power in the United States foreign policy and in war.

McGurn acknowledges the death of Milton Bracker, gives information on upcoming events.

Nitze talks about three things: the role of sea power in central war, its role in limited war, and its role in cold war. Outlines details of the superiority of the US's water-related defenses, possible conflicts among other countries. Importance of securing and maintaining control over the seas. Limited war forces deter limited aggression.

Hal Lehrman administers the Q & A, introduces head table. Questions: US participation in the passification in Cyprus; what is his reaction to De Gaulle's recognition of Red China?; logistics of Navy bases versus Air Force and Army; comments on nuclear power for the Navy; blockading Cuba; how does increasing mobile ground forces impact the Navy's work?; situation in Africa; he hasn't been to the Brooklyn Navy Yard; depression in Vietnam and how the Navy can impact the situation; proposal of a new canal through Mexico; what happened to the Junk Navy in Vietnam?;

He demurs from answering many questions because they don't relate directly to the Navy.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70856
Municipal archives id: T414