Gaither Committee

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The Gaither Committee was appointed by US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957, shortly after the launch of Sputnik by the Soviet Union. It concluded that the United States was in danger of losing a war against the Soviets, and that massive increases in defence spending, particularly on missile programs, were required.[1]

Security Resources Panel - Membership Roster

Steering Committee

Advisory Panel

Science Advisory Committee - Subcommittee

Executive Staff

Institute for Defence Analyses Officers

Project Members


  1. Gaither Report calls for more U.S. missiles and fallout shelters,, accessed 13 February 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Deterrence & Survival in the Nuclear Age, Security Resources Panel of the Science Advisory Committee, 7 November 1957.