To Kill Nations

To Kill Nations KINDLE To Kill Nations Author Edward Kaplan Nature Explore.eu 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. A brilliant study of a previously neglected period in American nuclear strategy Kaplan excels at explaining an era where destruction in a war was not yet mutually assured, and linking that explanation to the USAF s emerging identity Well worth reading Off of Interstate 80, at the Greenwood Exit, is the SAC Museum Outside of the huge facility are missiles on display, including the Snark and Hound Dog, and indoors is a great array of Air Force airpower To the casual visitor this is a large building that houses an impressive collection of retired military aircraft To veterans and historians, it is a history of the Cold War and America s early nuclear delivery systems These planes and missiles would have been used in the destruction of the Soviet Union if war had taken place To understand the rise of this arsenal is to gain an appreciation for the power it encompassed It will also inspire a deep appreciation of the peace that has lasted since 1945 and thankfulness that no such weapons have been unleashed in combat since Edward Kaplan brings us a fine history of nuclear policy and the United States Airforce in To Kill Nations Right off the bat, the reader understands that the USAF s rise after World War II coincided with the need to launch nuclear attacks at the USSR Following a perceived importance in airpower after the Second World War, this task would fall to SAC and the leaders who pursued

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  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • To Kill Nations
  • Edward Kaplan
  • 12 March 2017
  • 9780801452482