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20 October. Following McNamara's advice, JFK reached
his first-response decision and signed the quarantine order.
183 war vessels and 8 aircraft carriers were deployed.

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The President accepted the idea that airplanes bomb the missile sites and troops land in case the crisis was not over by the end of the month. To that purpose, 549 combat aircraft, 40,000 Marines and 5 divisions, among which the 82nd and 10st Airborne were on standby in Florida.

By then, 20 SS-4 launchers had been made operational in Cuba.

JFK told the three national TV networks that he wanted broadcast time in the evening on Monday.

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Soviet missile range
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