The Big Picture : Operation Readiness

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  • This classic episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series transports viewers to the summer of 1961 as President John F. Kennedy addresses the United States in a televised address to explain the significance of the situation in the now-divided city of Berlin, Germany. This video from the National Archives and Records Administration is a graphic portrayal of the steps this nation took to bring our armed forces to an advanced stage of readiness in case of further Soviet aggression.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on October 13, 2011.
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  • Operation Readiness (1:03) -- Troubled World (3:12) -- Treaty Organizations (2:26) -- Nuclear Weapons (1:11) -- Tactical Defenses (1:46) -- Strategic Army Corps (1:46) -- Strengthening the Armed Forces (2:15) -- Training Facilities (1:56) -- Modern Army (2:03) -- Teamwork (2:56) -- Reserve Units (1:50) -- Camp Drum Training Site (3:28) -- Supplying our Troops (1:32) -- America's Readiness (1:40) -- Credits: The Big Picture: Operation Readiness (0:26)
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