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Author Kaplan, Edward, author

Title To Kill Nations : American Strategy in the Air-Atomic Age and the Rise of Mutually Assured Destruction / Edward Kaplan
Published Ithaca ; London : Cornell University, 2015
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Contents Prevail -- Antecedents -- Declaration, action, and the air-atomic strategy -- Finding a place -- The fantastic compression of time -- To kill a nation -- Stalemate, finite deterrence, Polaris, and Stop-62 -- New sheriff in town -- End of an era -- Survive
Summary 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 US defense. This book traces the evolution of US strategic airpower and preparation for nuclear war from this early air-atomic era to a later period (1950-65) in which the Soviet Union's atomic capability, accelerated by thermonuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, made US strategic assets vulnerable and gradually undermined air-atomic strategy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject United States. Air Force -- History -- 20th century.
United States. Air Force. Strategic Air Command -- History -- 20th century.
Air power -- United States -- Philosophy -- History -- 20th century.
Air warfare -- Government policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Cold War.
Nuclear warfare -- Government policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Nuclear weapons -- Government policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Strategic forces -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Strategy -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Military policy.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2014029090
ISBN 0801455502 (electronic bk)
9780801455506 (electronic bk)