Thesis ID: CBB892830760

Under Control: Constructing the Nerve Centers of the Cold War (2016)


Cold War architecture reveals narratives of both faith and fatalism. American federal agencies, such as the Department of Defense and NASA, financed the creation of command and control centers that operated in digital, real-time environments during the postwar years. Contemporaneous advances in communications technology and computer systems enabled the construction of these spaces, and their architecture reflects presumed national security needs during the Cold War. This dissertation explores the design of these control rooms as new technologies and uncovers how these spaces—and their varying levels of public visibility—served as symbols of military authority and political policy. These Cold War artifacts embody commitment to a centralized headquarters, which would fade in the following years.

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Authors & Contributors
Kleinig, John
Schwartz, Adina
Stoneman, Timothy H. B.
Vanderbilt, Tom
Slotten, Hugh Richard
Kalic, Sean N.
Technology and Culture
Diplomatic History
History and Technology
Journal of Historical Geography
Cold War History
Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte
New York, City University of
Cornell University Press
University of Chicago Press
Texas A&M University Press
Indiana University
University of California, San Diego
Cold War
National security
Technology and war; technology and the military
Technology and politics
Science and politics
Technology and government
Eisenhower, Dwight David
Papandreou, Andreas
Boyd, John Richard
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
21st century
19th century
18th century
United States
Soviet Union
California (U.S.)
Arctic regions
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
United States National Security Council
United States. Department of Defense
United States Air Force (USAF)
Siemens AG

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