Nerve Center: Inside the White House Situation Room

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2003 - History - 239 pages
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The White House Situation Room is arguably the most important facility in the most important building in the world. As the presidentas intelligence and alert center, it provides vital communication and crisis management capabilities to the chief executive and his advisers. It can also be an island of calm, A as a top adviser for Vice President Al Gore once described it. So little is known about the Situation Room that, until the publication of Nerve Center, the American publicas knowledge of it is almost entirely based on its portrayal by the entertainment industry.Yet, as Michael K. Bohn points out, Hollywood has failed to capture the real drama of the Situation Room. Numerous crises come alive in Nerve Center, from the Vietnam War (when President Johnson made late night visits to the Situation Room wearing his pajamas and went so often that he moved his Oval Office chair there), to the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, to todayas high-tech war on terrorism. Created in the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs fiasco by advisers to President John Kennedy, presidents, cabinet members, and National Security Council staff members have all come to depend on the Situation Room. I knew that I could always rely on the Situation Room, A President Jimmy Carter recalled, and it never let me down.A Bohn, who served as director of the Situation Room for the first President George Bush, has recruited numerous officials, including former and current staff, to tell the colorful forty-year history of the Situation Room. In a final chapter, Bohn uses a fictional crisis to describe how the Situation Room will evolve to help the president meet the challenges of an increasingly dangerous future."
 

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Contents

PREFACE
PROLOGUE
1ITS NOT JUSTA ROOM
Alert Center
Communications
Conference Room
Reporting
Personnel
5THE CONFERENCEROOMMeetings in the Woodshed
6CRISISMANAGEMENTWar and Terrorism
7REPORTINGGood Morning Mr President
8PERSONNELRingside Seats
9THE WHITEHOUSE HELP DESK
10THE FUTURESITUATION ROOM
APPENDIX
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Help Desk
2ORIGINSJFK and the Bay of Pigs
00 AM Phone Call
Process
Nuclear War
Domestic Situations
Impact of the News Media
4COMMUNICATIONSThe President Is Calling
Journal Newspaper and Internet Articles
Unpublished Material
Public Documents
Press Releases and Audiovisual Material
INDEX
ABOUT T HE AUTHOR
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