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December 19, 1962

Memorandum of Conversation, 'Skybolt'

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This memorandum details an extensive conversation between representatives from the U.S. and Great Britain about President Kennedy's decision to cancel work on "Skybolt," or a surface-to-air missile that the British were invested in. The meeting was an attempt to placate a "looming crisis" in Anglo-American relations.

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JFKL, National Security Files box 228, NATO, Weapons, Nassau Basic Documents,12/19/62-2/7/63 folder 1 of 2. Expurgated version published in U.S. Department of State, Foreign Relations of the United States, 1961–1963, Volume XIII, Western Europe and Canada (Washington, D.C., Government Printing Office, 1994), document 402. Contributed to NPIHP by Bill Burr.


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