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McNamara Press Conference on the Cuban Missile Crisis

Silent color footage of Robert McNamara briefing the press at the Pentagon on the recent Cuban crisis. It’s not clear precisely what date this was made–the NARA record only indicates that it was November 1962. It also visually matches an Associated Press photo of the October 23 press conference, down to the tie, the maps, and the podium setup..
November 1962
Dept of Air Force
National Archives

Original Shot List

Summary: Coverage of press conference held by Secy of Defense Robert S. McNamara on the problem of Cuban missile bases and US measures taken to counteract the threat. (Shot list to follow.) Reel 2, 998′: 1) Secy McNamara mounting podium for press conference and talking while aides are preparing displays. 2) Secy McNamara holding up aerial photos of Cuban missile bases.Reel 1, 989′: 1) Secy McNamara at press conference before wall map of world, displaying aerial photographs of Cuban missile sites and answering questions. 2) Secy McNamara with chart indicating range of Cuban based missiles. Good (Basic: Orig color)

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