GEORGE S. BROWN
On the possibility of worldwide peace.
TLS: "George S. Brown" as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, 2p, 7x10¼, separate sheets.
Washington, 1977 August 24. To Miss Marylou Gillen, Shirley, N.Y.
In part: "Your letter implies an absolute dichotomy between lasting
peace and total nuclear war, with no middle ground. In my view, neither of these
extremes is likely to be the case for the foreseeable future. The world is
highly interdependent, and becoming increasingly so. Conflict in one area tends
to involve others, so absolute peace for any major nation depends upon peace
throughout the world...I genuinely believe that we can prevent war among major
powers or limit the severity of conflict if warfare should occur. That is the
basis of our current deterrent posture. Since World War II our military strength
has contributed to stability and reduced the likelihood of conflict between
major powers. As long as we continue to maintain this strength, and to
demonstrate the will that transforms strength into deterrence, I believe major
war can be avoided...." During WWII, Brown was a bomber pilot in the 93rd Bombardment Group flying B-24s attached to the Eighth Air
Force. In August 1968, he was promoted to General and took command of the
Seventh Air Force based in Saigon, South Vietnam and was responsible for the
entire southwest Asia region. In July 1973, Brown was named by President
Nixon as Chief of Staff of the Air Force. He was confirmed by
the U.S. Senate despite controversy over the issue of falsified reports from his
office, the Air Force Systems Command, that hid secret bombing missions in
Cambodia in 1969-1970. He served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff from July 1, 1974 to June 20, 1978. Fine
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