Memo Dated 11 December 1956

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//TOPSECRET//JCS XX 915009 FROM JCS. THE PRESIDENT HAS AUTHORIZED ME USE OF ATOMIC WEAPONS IN AIR DEFENSE WITH THE SOVEREIGN BOUNDARIES OF THE UNITED STATES, ITS TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS, AND IN THE COASTAL AIR DEFENSE IDENTIFICATIONS ZONES. THE AUTHORIZATION STATES THAT SUCH USE IS TO BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH REVISED INTERCEPTION AND ENGAGEMENT INSTRUCTIONS AND PROCEDURES, DATED 7 DECEMBER 1956, COPIES OF WHICH ARE BEING FORWARDED TO YOU, AS APPROPRIATE, BY THE CHIEF OF STAFF, UNITED STATES ARMY; THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS; AND THE CHIEF OF STAFF, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE. THE ABOVE ADDRESSEES ARE DIRECTED TO IMPLEMENT THIS AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF ATOMIC WEAPONS IN AIR DEFENSE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REVISED INTERCEPTION AND ENGAGEMENT INSTRUCTIONS AND PROCEDURES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE MISSIONS, TASKS, AND FORCES ASSIGNED BY THE CURRENT JOINT STRATEGIC CAPABILITIES PLAN, OR BY OTHER DIRECTIVES OF THE JCS. CREFUL REGARD SHALL BE GIVEN TO STRICT COMMAND CONTROL OF FORCES ENGAGED IN AIR DEFENSE WITH ATOMIC WEAPONS, AND TO APPROPRIATE MEASURES FOR PUBLIC SAFETY.

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