Missile Gap Forum & CIA Preview, Sep. 26

Preceding the Kennedy Library Forum on the 50th Anniversary of the Missile Gap Controversy, there will be a special CIA-sponsored conference. In September 1961, President Kennedy was officially notified by the CIA that the United States had surpassed the Soviet Union in missiles, dispelling the notion of Soviet superiority in the arms race. Both conference and forum take place on Monday, September 26: the former from 1:00 to 4:45 p.m., and the latter from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

All forums are free and open to the public. Reservations are strongly recommended. To make a reservation, you may either call 617-514-1643 or click here. Continue on for descriptions of the events.

Afternoon conference: The CIA has commissioned a special report to analyze this history and is sponsoring two panels on the challenges of intelligence analysis and the implications for US policy with a former CIA Director of Intelligence, a former head of CIA's Guided Missile Task Force, a former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Threat Reduction, and others. Free copies of this report, containing newly declassified documents, will be available to the public. 

Evening forum: Join historians Timothy Naftali, Fred Kaplan and John Prados for a discussion of this pivotal moment in world history. Mary Elise Sarotte, Professor of International Relations at USC, will moderate. This forum will follow the afternoon panel sessions of the CIA Overview of the Missile Gap.