This 5-page paper, taking its cue from the movie "13 Days," examines the Cuban Missile Crisis through a SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity, strength) analysis.
that Soviet missiles were first discovered in Cuba until the point where the Soviet premier backed down from threats. Given the almost point-by-point similarity between the Cuban Missile Crisis and
the movie, it is interesting to put the White House management up to a SWOT analysis and analyze the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and strengths inherent. In this paper, well examine
the movie (and the missile crisis) through terms of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and strengths. First, in terms of background, its been
said that the Cuban Missile Crisis in general was a turning point both in the Cold War, and it was the time during which the U.S. intelligence community came of
age. During that time, it was the closest the U.S. and the Soviet Union actually came to war, potentially nuclear war. The fact that President John F. Kennedy and his
administration actually stopped it from happening showed strong leadership and a willingness to take chances. Incidentally, these are qualities that are very much desirable in business.
The story begins with the discovery of arms buildup in the newly communist Cuba, just south of the U.S. mainland. Although President John F. Kennedys administration
first tried negotiation, then threats, the Soviets continued arms buildup in the tiny island nation. Things finally came to a head with the president ordered a naval "quarantine" of Cuba,
in which no ships could get in or out. As Soviet ships steamed toward Cuba, tension was thick (hence the "13 Days," the length of time it took the ships
to leave the U.S.S.R. and make it to Cuba). But at the end, the Soviet ships didnt break the quarantine, and the Soviet arms buildup in Cuba was dismantled some