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4 Over the long term, the administration’s tone reflected President Eisenhower’s philosophy. The president believed that Sputnik was not a military threat that necessitated a crash response. He also thought that America should remain calm and take a reasoned, rational approach to determining the proper pace and structure of a civilian organization for space activities. Meanwhile, the military’s research and development efforts associated with reconnaissance satellites continued and in February 1958 were placed under a new organization called the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) whose objectives included tempering interservice rivalries.

59 Eisenhower’s trust of what he later termed “my scientists” grew throughout the remainder of his administration. ”60 Killian was, in fact, uncomfortable with Eisenhower’s confidence and reliance on the elite scientists’ input. One of the qualities of Eisenhower that troubled me during the course of my service to him was his almost exaggerated confidence in the judgment of the scientists that he had called upon to help him. He sometimes came to have a feeling that this group of scientists were endowed with an objectivity that he couldn’t expect to find in other contacts that he had in government.

Killian, Sputnik, Scientists, and Eisenhower, 68. 26 Chapter 1 11/23/05 9:58 AM Page 27 NECESSARY PRECONDITIONS 47. TCP, “Meeting the Threat of Surprise Attack,” final report (U), 1–38. (Top Secret) Information extracted is unclassified. TCP suggested dispersal of the American bomber force, extension of the distant early warning line, and numerous research and development projects. 48. Killian, Sputnik, Scientists, and Eisenhower, 79. Unfortunately, the entire part 5 of the TCP report, which dealt with intelligence gathering and includes the entire space- and satellite-related sections, remains classified.

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