NSC BRIEFING - CUBA

Created: 10/20/1959

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I. Raul Castro has consolidated position in government. Now holds powerful new cabinet post as head of all army, air, navy, and police forces.

reorganizing armed forces, which he considersmeans to political ends, to bring then undercontrol.

As commander of the armed forces Raul has alreadyalmost all pre-revolution army and air forceincluding trained technicians and mechanics.

Cuban military forces now at low ebb in training, discipline effectiveness.

of Raul's close associates named Minister ofmoderate who had tried resist Communist efforts to

control union elections.

II. These appointments further reduce influence of moderate officials whose awareness of economic realities had checked Fidel Castro

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