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President Eisenhower's Project Solarium with Richard Immerman

In the months after Dwight Eisenhower was inaugurated president, he initiated what became known as Project Solarium. Three teams were established to research different options for dealing with the Soviet Union and to present their findings to the president and his foreign policy and national security advisors. In this episode of The Strategy Bridge podcast we talk with Richard H. Immerman about Project Solarium and what we can learn from it.

Many Project Solarium documents are available at the State Department’s Office of the Historian website (between May-August 1953). Three especially interesting documents include:

  1. Notes Taken at the First Plenary Session of Project Solarium, Washington, June 26, 1953
  2. Memorandum by the Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (Cutler) July 16, 1953 (Eisenhower’s comments on Project Solarium)
  3. Summaries Prepared by the NSC Staff of Project Solarium Presentations and Written Reports

Immerman is professor emeritus at Temple University, a specialist in the Cold War foreign policy and intelligence history, and co-author of Waging Peace: How Eisenhower Shaped an Enduring Cold War Strategy.


Culture, Politics, and Carl von Clausewitz with Vanya Eftimova Bellinger

The Strategy Bridge talks with Vanya Eftimova Bellinger about the influence of culture and politics on Carl von Clausewitz. 

Vanya Eftimova Bellinger is the author of Marie von Clausewitz: The Woman Behind the Making of On War and is Professor of Clausewitz Studies at the Army War College. Read more from Professor Bellinger here.


On Strategy Education with Tami Davis Biddle

The Strategy Bridge talks with Dr. Tami Davis Biddle about strategy education, strategic thinking, and the importance of being a lifelong learner. 

Dr. Tami Davis Biddle is a professor of national security and strategy at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA. Read Dr. Biddle's monograph Strategy and Grand Strategy: What Students and Practitioners Need to Know and her research on air power in World War II, Rhetoric and Reality in Air Warfare: The Evolution of British and American Ideas about Strategic Bombing, 1914-1945.

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