An Untaken Road: Strategy, Technology, and the Hidden by Steven A. Pomeroy

By Steven A. Pomeroy

The background of the yankee cellular intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) unearths the interactions of process, expertise, and context. Its story begun with nuclear strategists not easy second-strike guns to make sure nationwide survival. Many, together with Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Reagan, drew self belief from ICBMs housed inside of underground silos. Others, between them Air strength normal Bernard Schriever, Princeton mathematician John von Neumann, and Presidents Ford and Carter, notion differently. as a result, from 1956 until eventually the Soviet Union’s dying, americans created cellular ICBMs no enemy may well goal. Their invention, diffusion, and progress approximately led to trains shuffling three hundred Minuteman ICBMs around the state. Later, officials and politicians deliberate ICBM subways, air-launched missiles, bases less than mountains, and submarines inside inland seas. yet, the final word cellular ICBM was once the 1980s-era MX “doomsday machine,” a state-sized weapon approach that public competition ultimately defeated. even if a technological process equivalent to a cellular ICBM strength might stay unbuilt, the linked efforts of 4 many years and billions of bucks didn't happen inside a vacuum. cellular ICBMs have considerably formed American nuclear approach and forces.

An Untaken Road develops a brand new conceptual framework at the nature of strategic guns know-how innovation. This thorough research of a “road no longer taken” for significant USAF cellular nuclear missile courses applies to these trying to comprehend the demanding situations and constraints on U.S. army weapon courses, together with these within the U.S. army. The striking framework builds upon a number of scholarly works on technological innovation within the geographical regions of nuclear and non-nuclear guns. the end result bargains decision-makers, application managers, safeguard planners, and students a brand new mind set approximately how protection companies needs to unite process, expertise, and innovation inside a difficult exterior context related to intra- and inter-organization festival, in addition to family politics. The book’s classes are germane, and this present day, Air strength leaders are re-examining cellular ICBMs as capability replacements for the silo-based Minuteman III.

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An Untaken Road: Strategy, Technology, and the Hidden History of America's Mobile ICBMs (Transforming War)

The background of the yank cellular intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) finds the interactions of process, know-how, and context. Its story all started with nuclear strategists not easy second-strike guns to make sure nationwide survival. Many, together with Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Reagan, drew self belief from ICBMs housed inside underground silos.

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