Nuclear Terrorism And Lessons Learned From The 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis
The Raleigh Telegram
June 28, 2012
Interview with Graham Allison, Belfer Center Director
Topic: Preventing nuclear catastrophe
“Perhaps the most essential lesson from our near miss in 1962 is the value of following an unbiased, rigorous analytical process, where hopefully sound judgment and wisdom prevail. As we know, such calculations did not characterize our involvement in Vietnam or Iraq.
Allison stresses that wise decision-making requires a balanced and nuanced process. He notes that poor decisions can only be avoided when “the commander in chief has sufficient time and privacy to understand a situation, examine the evidence, explore various options, and reflect before choosing among them.”