July 9, 1961 - President Kennedy has ordered an urgent review to determine whether the U.S. should increase its military strength to meet Soviet threats on Berlin. The re-examination of the nation's military strength and budget was decided on Saturday in a conference at Hyannis Port between President Kennedy and his principal military and diplomatic advisors. The President conferred with Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor, the White House military advisor, and Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, who said: "In the face of the inescapable realities that confront us, such as threats to dispossess us of our rightful presence in Berlin, we can do no less than re-examine our needs. This we are doing."
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