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.Kaplan Throws Into Question Both The Inevitability And Preferability Of The Strategic Doctrine Of MAD He Looks At The Process By Which Cultural, Institutional, And Strategic Ideas About MAD Took Shape And Makes Insightful Use Of The Comparison Between Generals Who Thought They Could Win A Nuclear War And The Cold Institutional Logic Of The Suicide Pact That Was MAD Kaplan Also Offers A Reappraisal Of Eisenhower S Nuclear Strategy And Diplomacy To Make A Case For The Marginal Viability Of Air Atomic Military Power Even In An Era Of Ballistic Missiles.
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- To Kill Nations
- Edward Kaplan
- 08 July 2018 Edward Kaplan