The American Conception of National Security and the Beginnings of the Cold War, 1945–1948

  title={The American Conception of National Security and the Beginnings of the Cold War, 1945–1948},
  author={Melvyn P. Leffler},
  journal={Safeguarding Democratic Capitalism},
  • M. Leffler
  • Published 1 April 1984
  • History
  • Safeguarding Democratic Capitalism
This chapter considers how the concept of national security evolved. It demonstrates that U.S. military officers and their civilian leaders did not think that the Kremlin was poised to engage in premeditated military aggression during the Cold War. They did not think Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin wanted to begin another war. They grasped Stalin's view of his own military vulnerabilities and intuited that he wished to avoid military conflict. Nonetheless, U.S. officials felt threatened. They… 

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