The American Security Council Foundation has a long and proud history of producing scholarly journals and articles for public dissemination.
From inception; the Foundation has produced at least one journal on a quarterly basis. It started as the Washington Report and changed names over the years. At one point, the Foundation produced two journals, The National Security Report (as seen below, first picture) and the Coalition Report (also below). These types of journals were written and produced by retired and former military officials, State Department officers, and scholars in their respective areas.
During the 1950’s and 60’s these articles were considered well targeted and researched opinions and statements. They were reproduced in local papers and private industries’ publications as well as inserted in the Congressional Record. President Kennedy used the thesis of the article “Declaration of Contraband” to draft policy during the Cuba Missile Crisis in 1962. President Ronald Reagan was a subscriber and usually read issues from front to back.
Every issue was published and sent to Congress, military officials, business executives, and the average citizens to map out the path to “Peace Through Strength,” Senators and Congressmen from both sides of the aisle read the copies sent to their offices, many joined the Foundation and supported legislation crafted at the Foundation. The mandate was to make America a leader in military preparedness, moral leadership abroad (foreign policy), and economic development. Drawing from the capitalistic values of the American way of life and strong moral fiber of the American people, the journal aimed to educate the country on the real threat of Communism and explained how to achieve victory.
In classrooms around America, teachers used the articles as readers in an attempt to teach reading and history, and to explain to children why they must learn Air Raid Drills. With the fear of nuclear holocaust lurking around every corner, the American people need a way to become involved and do their part. Supporting better funding for our military, keeping our economy strong, and committing everyone to understand the grave dangers we faced engaged the nation, in a similar way that WW II did.
A lot has changed since the Cold War era, but the one thing that remains is that “Peace Through Strength” works. In a time where U.S. Military troops are fighting overseas, and still less than a decade after the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001, with the looming threat of terrorism still very real, America needs to be vigilant. Democracy and freedom need to be defended with the best information, well thought arguments, and open debate that The American Security Council Foundation provides.