Naval War College Review


On the night of 22 October 1962, Nikita Khrushchev* arranged for all mem- bers of the Presidium† to be telephoned and summoned to a meeting. At about seven o’clock at night, Moscow time, all were asked to promptly report to the Kremlin. When the Central Committee’s secretary, Frol R. Kozlov, then Khrushchev’s right-hand man, was asked by deputy premier Anastas I. Mikoyan the reason for the emergency session, the former replied that “an important an- nouncement is expected from [President John F.] Kennedy regarding Cuba.”