Wednesday, July 25, 1962
JFK made a televised address to the nation to announce a military buildup. His confidence shaken after his disastrous conference with Khrushchev, he ordered a doubling of draftees, mobilization of 150,000 reservists to active duty, stockpiling of ammunition, and the discard of obsolescent airplanes such as the B-47 and out-of-date warships.
He was presciently concerned regarding the nuclear threat posed by the Soviet Union and requested $200 for a nuclear civil defense shelter program. He spoke into the cameras,
“In the coming months, I hope to let every citizen know what steps he can take without delay to protect his family in case of attack.”
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