(strengthened no doubt by his postwar military services) about the JCS, service interests, and defense politics. In many respects, this confluence of historical factors substantially informed the New Look of 1953. What is fascinating is that three decades later the U.S. defense posture is still fundamentally shaped by that original Eisenhower framework for protracted conflict in the Cold War. It is easier to delineate and appreciate this contribution once we separate the broader Eisenhower Doctrine from the particular force posture of the New Look. History will have to judge whether flexible response--despite its considerable merits--is a more suitable force posture. But flexible response was not a substitute for the Eisenhower Doctrine.