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To Kill Nations: American Strategy in the Air-Atomic Age and the Rise of Mutually Assured Destruction

Edward Kaplan

Abstract

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. The shift to mutually assured destruction (MAD) via general nuc ... More

Keywords: nuclear monopoly, A-bomb, US defense, nuclear war, mutually assured destruction, US security policy, nuclear strategy, US strategic airpower, US Air Force, military power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452482
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452482.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Kaplan, author
Associate Professor of History, the U.S. Air Force Academy