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Matching Nuclear Weapons to Strategy (Mark Garrison)
President's Message (Arlene Woo)
Initiative Committee Fundraiser
Reminder [Neighborhood Boards] (Mildred Walston)
National Security Study Committee Reports (Dottie Gullicksen)
Pre-Consensus Regional Meetings
General Membership Meeting
League Enters National Debate on Arms Control
Mahalo
Coming Vote Counts
News Bits
Membership Update
Calendar

The National Security Study Committee Reports

Since the entry of the U.S. into the NUCLEAR/HIGH TECH AGE, the U.S. has gone through various stages:

-- THE STAGE OF SUPERIORITY IN WORLD POWER,

-- THE STAGE OF REDISTRIBUTION OF WORLD POWER,

-- THE STAGE OF BECOMING VULNERABLE TO MASSIVE DESTRUCTION,

-- THE STAGE OF KNOWING THAT GOVERNMENT IS NOT INFALLIBLE, and

-- THAT STAGE OF REALIZATION THAT WE, THE PEOPLE, MUST SHARE IN THE DECISION MAKING.

THEN ....THE QUESTIONS

-- about things long taken for granted

-- about what solutions there might be

-- about what the U.S. is really trying to do in our foreign policy and our military policy

-- about what's happening to the U.S. Budget

-- and now, about what weapons we should have

AND THEN … THE LEAGUE NATIONAL SECURITY STUDY AND CONSENSUS

The study was started in early 1983, goes into 1984 and will possible extend through-out '84 into '85. It is for the purpose of examining those very questions and passing the information along to the League membership to add to their unique capabilities of coming to a national consensus on what they think should be done.

Outstanding characteristics of the League are the quality and quantity of research and information emanating from the national League and from the local Leagues. The Honolulu Committee has been acting as a small arm in the study, gathering and examining many viewpoints - beyond the scope of what most well-informed citizens would have the time and motivation to do. We did this for you in preparation for the League's Second Consensus on NATIONAL SECURITY to be held February 25th.

We have researched wide-ranging viewpoints and have tried to keep out our own self interests and personal points of view. Therefore, I feel the Committee can offer you something special- range and objectivity which are essential in this League Consensus.

PREPARING FOR NATIONAL SECURITY CONSENSUS -- PHASE II

As reported in the January issue of the Aloha Voter, three regional meetings have been set up to give the membership the opportunity to discuss the issues covered in Consensus, Phase II. You will find the schedule on the following page.

The Honolulu National Security Committee has prepared a videotape presentation --5 short segments, each to be followed by general discussion -- adding up to 75 minutes. Each segment will feature one of the following members of the committee: Dorothy Gullicksen discussing military policy; Frank Eldridge, the triad; Helen Whorton, NATO; Marian Heidel, the budget as it applies to weaponry; and Joan Davenport, the budget as it applies to defense spending and the economy.

The videotape will be presented at each of the three regional meetings. We appeal to you to join us at one of the meetings.

Dottie Gullicksen

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