White House Statement on
the 25th Anniversary of the Hotline Between the
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the operational start of the Direct Communications Link, or hotline. Since its inception, this confidential and rapid communication channel has proved to be an invaluable tool. Although used infrequently, the hotline has permitted American Presidents to communicate with Soviet leaders to reduce the risk of conflict which might result from accident, miscalculation, or misunderstanding.
the need to improve our ability to communicate with the Soviet leadership in
emergency situations, President Reagan proposed in 1984 that the hotline be
modernized by adding a rapid facsimile capability to the existing teletype
system. This modernization was completed in 1986 with excellent results, and