Correspondence, minutes, reports, studies, memoranda, press releases, financial records, clippings, and other printed matter
relating to American politics and foreign policy, Soviet-American relations, and American and Soviet defenses and military
The Committee on the Present Danger was formed in 1976, announcing its arrival soon after the presidential election of that
year. Its purpose was the promotion of a strong defense policy for the United States. The creation of the organization was
prompted especially by skepticism regarding the arms control negotiations with the Soviet Union pursued by Republican and
Democratic administrations during the detente era of the 1970s. This had resulted in the signing of the Strategic Arms Limitation
Treaty (SALT I) in 1972 during the administration of President Richard M. Nixon and the continuation of negotiations toward
a SALT II. The founders of the CPD included former senior government officials with experience in defense and security positions.
Foremost among them were Paul H. Nitze, a former Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Eugene V. Rostow, a former Under Secretary
of State. Membership in the Committee was by invitation only and was largely restricted to public figures. The CPD membership
roster came to be a veritable who's who of the defense establishment.
595 manuscript boxes, 2 card file boxes, 3 oversize boxes, 3 video tape cassettes
(197.6 linear feet)
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