An international moratorium on future nuclear weapons' tests [Cambodia] The SS Mayaguez Incident [the rescue operation is recounted from the CINCPAC unified command level with particular regard for the initial notification of military authorities of the ship's seizure, means of command and control, direction of intelligence and reconnaissance, and planning and execution of the operation. Problems encountered, such as the lack of low-level photography, uncertainty regarding the crew's whereabouts and enemy forces on Koh Tang Island, and troubles with airlifting troops from a distance are analyzed, and changes for future operations are recommended]. Appendix VI to CINCPAC Command History. 1976. 32 p. [p. 4 missing.], il. TOP SECRET. NOT RELEASABLE TO FOREIGN NATIONALS. SANITIZED copy. Released May 8, 1980. United States: Department Of Defense, n.d.U.S. Declassified Documents Online.
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U.S. Declassified Documents Online's greatest value lies in the wealth of facts and insights that it provides in connection with the political, economic, and social conditions of the United States and other countries. Materials as diverse as State Department political analyses, White House confidential file materials, National Security Council policy statements, CIA intelligence memoranda, and much more offer unique insights into the inner workings of the US government and world events in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

A significant resource for researchers in almost every discipline, this collection makes it possible for researchers to easily and quickly access and review selected previously classified government documents online.

Documents contained in U.S. Declassified Documents Online come from collection editors who actively monitor the release of formerly classified documents from presidential libraries as well as numerous major releases of declassified documents from the Atomic Energy Commission, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Department of State, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Security Council, White House, and other executive agencies. Because the majority of the documents are presidential records and all of them were formerly classified, these records provide a unique, behind-the-scenes view of the highest level of American policy-making on the most sensitive issues of national security and foreign policy.

From many perspectives, this collection illuminates such events and developments as the recognition of the economic and strategic importance of the Middle East, the development of the Cold War and Soviet expansionism, the problem of refugees and displaced persons, the various faces and responses to the end of colonialism in Africa, the economic and social stratification of Latin America, the “miracle” of Western Europe following the devastation and economic collapse of the immediate postwar period, and the application of the “domino theory” in Asia.

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