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To Kill Nations

American Strategy in the Air-Atomic Age and the Rise of Mutually Assured Destruction
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ISBN-13:
9780801455490
Einband:
EPUB
Seiten:
272
Autor:
Edward Kaplan
Serie:
Cornell University Press
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
eBook Format:
EPUB
Kopierschutz:
2 - DRM Adobe
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Introduction1. Antecedents2. Declaration, Action, and the Air-Atomic Strategy3. Finding a Place4. The Fantastic Compression of Time5. To Kill a Nation6. Stalemate, Finite Deterrence, Polaris, and SIOP-627. New Sheriff in Town8. End of an EraConclusionKey to Sources and AbbreviationsNotesIndex
Between 1945 and 1950, the United States had a global nuclear monopoly. The A-bomb transformed the nation's strategic airpower and saw the Air Force displace the Navy at the front line of American defense. In To Kill Nations, Edward Kaplan traces the evolution of American strategic airpower and preparation for nuclear war from this early air-atomic era to a later period (1950-1965) in which the Soviet Union's atomic capability, accelerated by thermonuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, made American strategic assets vulnerable and gradually undermined air-atomic strategy. The shift to mutually assured destruction (MAD) via general nuclear exchange steadily took precedence in strategic thinking and budget allocations. Soon American nuclear-armed airborne bomber fleets shaped for conventionally defined-if implausible, then impossible-victory were supplanted by missile-based forces designed to survive and punish. The Air Force receded from the forefront of American security policy.

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