Book ID: CBB914841103

Assured Destruction: Building the Ballistic Missile Culture of the U.S. Air Force (2020)


David Bath (Author)

Naval Institute Press

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 256
Language: English

Assured Destruction: Building the Ballistic Missile Culture of the U.S. Air Force documents the rapid development of nuclear ballistic missiles in the United States and their equally swift demise after the Cuban Missile Crisis, revealing how these drastic changes negatively influenced both the Air Force and the missile community. David W. Bath contends that the struggle to create and control nuclear ballistic missiles threatened both the dominance of the United States during an intensifying Cold War and the strategic airpower mission of the newly created Air Force. The book details the strenuous efforts required to create and prepare a missile arsenal before the Cuban Missile Crisis, which occurred only five years after the first missile was declared operational. It uses the personal recollections of former missileers and the professional military education theses they wrote to highlight some of the concerns that have faced the missileers who operated and worked on these powerful weapons from 1957 to the present. The highlight of the book, however, is the personal stories of the missileers who served during the missile crisis, revealing the efforts that they went to in order to prepare these unique and untried weapons for what many thought might become the third world war.

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Authors & Contributors
Roland, Alex
Gordin, Michael D.
Baracca, Angelo
Badash, Lawrence
Schwartz, Norton A.
Stern, Sheldon M.
Air Power History
Technology and Culture
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
Cornell University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
MIT Press
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Stanford University Press
United States Air Force (USAF)
Cold War
Technology and war; technology and the military
Nuclear weapons; atomic weapons
Arms race
Military technology
Science and war; science and the military
Truman, Harry S.
Stalin, Joseph
Boyd, John Richard
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
United States
Soviet Union
Vienna (Austria)
People's Republic of China
United States Air Force (USAF)
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
United States. Department of Defense
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

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