APPENDIX A–LETTER OF REQUEST
COMMllTEE ON FOREIGN
, D.C. 20510
The Honorable Edward M.KennedyChairman, Technology Assessment BoardOffice of Technology AssessmentUnited States CongressWashington, D. C.
Several years ago,a study conducted under the auspicesof the Office of Technology Assessment at the requestof tCommittee on Foreign Relations provided guidance which ledto substantially improved analyses by the Department ofDefense of the effects of limited nuclear war.The resulting study was released by the Committee andhas become an invaluable aid in the study of nuclear con-
However, the OTA panel, under the chairmanship of
President of the Massachusetts Insti-tute of Technology, which was convened to oversee the study,went on to point out the need for a more thorough and com-prehensive study of the effects of nuclear warfare andrecommended that such a study be undertaken.On behalf of the Committee on Foreign Relations, we arewriting to request that the Office of Technology Assessmentorganize and conduct such a study on the effects of nuclearwarfare, which would put what have been abstract measures ofstrategic power into more comprehensible terms.The studyshould concentrate on the impact which various levels ofattack would have on the populations and economies of theUnited States and the Soviet Union.In the case of largerlevels of attack, the study should address impact upon other
The earlier Department of Defense analyses concen-trated upon short-term effects.In this more comprehensivestudy, intermediate and long-term,direct and indirect effectsshould be addressed as well.In the
study, the panel
cited in its appendix
list of effects which should be de-tailed in a comprehensive and systematic way.
The list isattached.