Academic journal article Military Review

NERVE CENTER: Inside the White House Situation Room

Academic journal article Military Review

NERVE CENTER: Inside the White House Situation Room

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NERVE CENTER: Inside the White House Situation Room, Michael K. Bohn, Brassey's Inc., Dulles, VA, 2003, 239 pages, $24.95.

The Situation Room is a series of rooms in the West Wing's basement staffed by members of government agencies responsible for national security. After working in the U.S. Army Europe's (USAREUR) War Room and the National Military Command Center in the Pentagon (and watching NBC's West Wing), I thought I had an idea of what the White House Situation Room looked like. I was wrong.

Michael K. Bohn, the director of the Situation Room during President Ronald Reagan's administration, dispels "Sit Room" myths that show it as an underground command center with big-screen monitors and military personnel in direct communication with fighter planes. His book, Nerve Center Inside the White House Situation Room, looks at the room from when President John F. Kennedy created it in May 1961 to President George W. Bush's use of it after the September 2001 terrorist attacks.

Every president who used the room, used it differently. …

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