This is a must for the WEB site... cite this as an epilogue
to my interview...is this the smoking gun that produced a secret Executive
Order authorizing this Mk 15 to fly fully armed!
This Mark 15 was a "war reserve" weapon in Feb 1958... when the below story happened...
Do You think with the mentality of "Sputnik Fear" expressed by this story on President Eisenhower's readiness Planning (remember this is General 4 star Ike) that this B-47 would be toting a weapon reserved for war (the real meaning of war reserve) if it was NOT mission capable????
This is the point I have been trying to hammer on since day 1. It is all there.
the link above is to the web page for the stoy below...
Eisenhower Planned Emergency Government
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By HOPE YEN, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - CBS President Frank Stanton was one of six private citizens
secretly recruited and granted authority by President Eisenhower to run
major components of the government if a Soviet attack wiped out many American
No public announcement of the appointments was made. Their existence was confirmed by recently publicized Eisenhower administration letters.
The selections were based as much on the appointees' geographic location and personal relationships with Eisenhower as their expertise. Nielsen, for example, was Eisenhower's regular fishing buddy.
The presidential form letters dated March 6, 1958, provide for the appointees to immediately take office in the event of a national emergency. Until then, they were asked to keep their status secret. They were promised an undisclosed salary but there were few specifics about their jobs.
The documents show the secret group met in July 1960 with the now-defunct Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization to discuss staffing for their agencies. But work barely got started before the group was relieved of its duties by President Kennedy, who took office in 1961.
Still, subsequent administrations have made contingency plans for government continuity — often involving citizens outside government — in the event of a devastating attack. For example, Kennedy's director of emergency planning, Frank Ellis, said in 1961 that the president had emergency appointees for transportation, agriculture and communications.
During the Reagan administration, then-Rep. Dick Cheney (news - web sites) and Donald Rumsfeld, who was chief executive of the pharmaceutical company G.D. Searle & Co., were key players in a secret program to set aside the legal lines of succession and install a new president in a catastrophe, The Atlantic Monthly reported this month.
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