Lead: In the late summer and fall of 1962, the Soviet Union secretly began installing intermediate range ballistic missiles on the island of Cuba. It was an uncharacteristic act of daring.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Having successfully masked his communist leanings during the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, soon after coming to power, began to reach out to the Soviet Union. He needed an ally as a counterweight to the United States whose policy was increasingly focused on restoring freedom to Cuba. Despite its failure, the Bay of Pigs invasion in the spring of 1961 was a clear signal that the U.S. wanted Castro out. He needed support.