War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; One Step Forward; Interview with Richard Perle, 1987 
Part of War and Peace in the Nuclear Age.
Richard Perle was an aide to U.S. senator Henry Scoop Jackson from 1969 to 1980 and assistant secretary of defense from 1981 to 1987. In the interview he discusses Senator Jacksons position during the SALT I and II negotiations. Although Jackson vote for SALT I and the ABM Treaty in Congress, Perle notes that he did not support them completely, and goes on to point out the flaws with both. He argues against Nixon and Kissingers policy of detente, which he felt was unsound. He disputes claims that Jackson has authority over firing the SALT I team or hiring the SALT II team. He discusses the Jackson-Vanik amendment, including Kissingers reaction to it. He also criticizes Kissinger handling of SALT II. He discusses the MIRV ban proposal, and its failure.
- War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
- One Step Forward
- Program Number
Interview with Richard Perle, 1987 
- Series Description
The first atomic explosion in the New Mexico desert on July 16, 1945, changed the world forever. This series chronicles these changes and the history of a new era. It traces the development of nuclear weapons, the evolution of nuclear strategy, and the politics of a world with the power to destroy itself.
In thirteen one-hour programs that combine historic footage and recent interviews with key American, Soviet, and European participants, the nuclear age unfolds: the origin and evolution of nuclear weapons; the people of the past who have shaped the events of the present; the ideas and issues that political leaders, scientists, and the public at large must confront, and the prospects for the future. Nuclear Age highlights the profound changes in contemporary thinking imposed by the advent of nuclear weapons. Series release date: 1/1989
- Program Description
Soviet and American nuclear forces reach rough nuclear parity in the 1970’s. Each side, pursuing its own interest, negotiates the first successful arms control agreement, SALT I.
In May 1972 President Nixon found himself in Moscow delivering a message of peace and friendship. Nixon announced the first major superpower arms control agreements, SALT I and the Anti-Ballsitic Missile (ABM) treaty. Nixon described his feeling about negotiating with the Soviets. “I didn’t trust the Russians. But I recognized that ... there was no alternative but to have some relationship of ‘live and let live’ between the two superpowers.” Two years after the historic meeting in Moscow, Nixon was forced to resign due to Watergate. ABM silos in the United States were shut down but the production of ballistic missiles armed with multiple nuclear warheads (MIRV’s) contributed to a massive increase in weapons in both the United States and the Soviet Union.
- Asset Type
- Media Type
- Multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles
- Strategic Arms Limitation Talks II
- Allison, Royal Bertram
- Democratic Party (U.S.)
- Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
- Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
- Nuclear weapons
- Jackson, Henry M. (Henry Martin), 1912-1983
- Nuclear arms control
- United States
- Soviet Union
- Kissinger, Henry, 1923-
- Antimissile missiles
- Soviet Union. Treaties, etc. United States, 1972 May 26 (ABM)
- Watergate Affair, 1972-1974
- United States. Congress
- Washington, DC
- Global Affairs
- War and Conflict
- Perle, Richard Norman, 1941- (Interviewee)
- Publication Information
- WGBH Educational Foundation
- Chicago: “War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; One Step Forward; Interview with Richard Perle, 1987 ,” 01/16/1987, GBH Archives, accessed December 6, 2023, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_11219364F1F241D381D4E91D8A5710E9.
- MLA: “War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; One Step Forward; Interview with Richard Perle, 1987 .” 01/16/1987. GBH Archives. Web. December 6, 2023. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_11219364F1F241D381D4E91D8A5710E9>.
- APA: War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; One Step Forward; Interview with Richard Perle, 1987 . Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_11219364F1F241D381D4E91D8A5710E9