Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
To Kill NationsAmerican Strategy in the Air-Atomic Age and the Rise of Mutually Assured Destruction$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Edward Kaplan

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452482

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452482.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Cornell University Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Cornell University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in Cornell for personal use. date: 20 October 2019

Finding a Place

Finding a Place

(p.47) 3 Finding a Place
To Kill Nations

Edward Kaplan

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the air-atomic strategy and the organizational struggles it fueled. The structure for national security policy changed dramatically with the National Security Act in July 1947. “Unification,” as the creation of a single Defense Department was known, created an independent Air Force and placed all three services under the direction of the secretary of defense. This development was bound to annoy a service that coveted its autonomy as much did the Navy. Ominously, not only was the Air Force placed into the security structure as a coequal to the Army and Navy, but it threatened to seize the latter's position as America's first line of defense. The basis of the Air Force's power was the air-atomic idea. It became the central issue around which revolved interservice fights in war planning and budgeting, culminating in the B-36 hearings. The struggle between the two services was one between different and largely incompatible conceptions of national security. The chapter concludes by assessing an event that bridged the early and late air-atomic periods, the Korean War.

Keywords:   air-atomic strategy, national security, defense policy, US Air Force, US Navy, US Army, Defense Department, National Security Act, Korean War

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.