Project Solarium



In the months after Dwight Eisenhower was inaugurated president, he initiated what became known as Project Solarium. Three teams were established to research different options for dealing with the Soviet Union and to present their findings to the president and his foreign policy and national security advisors. In this episode of The Strategy Bridge podcast we talk with Richard H. Immerman about Project Solarium and what we can learn from it.

Many Project Solarium documents are available at the State Department’s Office of the Historian website (between May-August 1953). Three especially interesting documents include:

Notes Taken at the First Plenary Session of Project Solarium, Washington, June 26, 1953

Memorandum by the Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (Cutler) July 16, 1953 (Eisenhower’s comments on Project Solarium)

Summaries Prepared by the NSC Staff of Project Solarium Presentations and Written Reports


Immerman is professor emeritus at Temple University, a specialist in the Cold War foreign policy and intelligence history, and co-author of Waging Peace: How Eisenhower Shaped an Enduring Cold War Strategy.

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