March 1973

The Fmf and the Nixon Doctrine

Volume 57, Issue 3

The author opens the door for suggestions concerning a new structure for the FMF.

In mid-1969 President Nixon announced a new direction for United States foreign policy. Quickly termed the "Nixon Doctrine," it stipulated that the United States would keep its treaty commitments, continue to provide a nuclear shield, and furnish assistance to its allies and friends. Expansion and implementation of this guidance resulted in the current Strategy of Realistic Deterrence. As explained to Congress by the Secretary of Defense in 1971,

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