Book ID: CBB509701502

An untaken road: Strategy, technology, and the hidden history of America's mobile ICBMs (2016)


Pomeroy, Steven Anthony (Author)

Naval Institute Press

Publication Date: 2016
Edition Details: Book Series: Transforming war
Physical Details: xiv + 287
Language: English

Steven A. Pomeroy has authored the first history of the American mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a technology the United States spent four decades and billions of dollars creating but never deployed. "An Untaken Road" showcases how the evolution of a technology that ultimately never existed and the politics that surrounded it end up significantly shaping American nuclear strategy and forces for decades. Utilizing recently declassified documents, years of experience, and an unrivaled passion for the history of military technologies, Pomeroy has created a new framework on the nature of strategic weapons technology innovation. This thorough study of a "road not taken" is a must read for those seeking to understand the challenges and constraints on U.S. military weapon programs, especially when inter-organization competition, domestic politics, strategic needs, and new technologies collide.

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Review Christopher Gainor (April 2018) Review of "An untaken road: Strategy, technology, and the hidden history of America's mobile ICBMs". Technology and Culture (pp. 485-487). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Bridger, Sarah
Endicott, Stephen
Hagerman, Edward
Hargittai, István
Jameson, Robert P.
Baneke, David M.
Air Power History
Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy
American Heritage of Invention and Technology
Technikgeschichte: Beiträge zur Geschichte der Technik und Industrie
Cold War History
The Bridge: Journal of the National Academy of Engineering
Johns Hopkins University Press
Indiana University Press
Prometheus Books
United States Air Force (USAF)
Harvard University Press
Columbia University
Military technology
Cold War
Development of technology; change in technology
Technology and war; technology and the military
Nuclear weapons; atomic weapons
Teller, Edward
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
20th century, late
United States
Soviet Union
Great Britain
United States Air Force (USAF)
Strategic Defense Initiative
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Lockheed Aircraft Corporation
United States. Army
Great Britain. Army

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