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Super BombOrganizational Conflict and the Development of the Hydrogen Bomb$
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Ken Young and Warner R. Chilling

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501745164

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501745164.001.0001

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A Decision Reached

A Decision Reached

(p.55) Chapter 3 A Decision Reached
Super Bomb

Ken Young

Warner R. Schilling

Cornell University Press

This chapter recounts the arrival at the decision. Before the commissioners, split three to two against the Super, resumed their discussions in November 1949, Truman had been made aware of the differences of views. Meanwhile, Oppenheimer threatened to put the General Advisory Committee's opposing view directly to the president rather than going through the commission, in the event of the full Atomic Energy Commission deciding in favor of the Super. By the end of January 1950, the tide of opinion within the closed circle of participants was beginning to flow against the dissenters. They were skillfully outmaneuvered to provide the authoritative advice that Truman needed to close the debate and authorize not just the expansion of theoretical work, but the path ahead to development and testing.

Keywords:   Atomic Energy Commission, J. Robert Oppenheimer, General Advisory Committee, Super debate

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