April 21, 2014
Penetrating the Iron Curtain: Resolving the Missile Gap will be the focus of tonight's panel discussion, the first of three sessions.
In the 1950s, our nation faced one of the gravest military threats in its history. The Soviet Union had nuclear weapons and boasted they had the means to deliver them. Was the U.S. truly vulnerable to a first strike? Intelligence analysts had few answers and assertions of “Bomber Gaps” and “Missile “Gaps” abounded. President Eisenhower recognized that aerial reconnaissance of the Soviet Union was the answer. The story of the U-2 and Corona satellites is now history, but the success of those programs and their follow-on versions is the stuff of today’s high-tech intelligence and warfare. Panelists include: William Burns (moderator), U.S. Army (Ret.); John & Joan Bird, CIA (Ret.); Fred Kaplan, Slate Magazine; Gene Poteat, CIA (Ret.); and Richard Immerman, U.S. Army War College This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, Army Heritage and Education Center, and Central Intelligence Agency Historical Collection Division. For more information about this and the other panels (which will be held at the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center), please call 717-245-1875 or check out the website.