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Continental Defense in the Eisenhow (Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology)by Christopher J. Bright
Synopses & Reviews
Thousands of nuclear antiaircraft arms were designed, tested and deployed in the United States during Dwight D. Eisenhowers presidency.
These Army "Nike-Hercules" missiles, Air Force "Genie" rockets, and "BOMARC" and "Falcon" missiles were meant to counter a raid by attacking Soviet bombers. U.S. policy makers believed that the American weapons could safely compensate for technological limitations which otherwise made it difficult to destroy high flying, fast moving airplanes. By recounting official actions, doctrinal decisions, and public policies, Continental Defense in the Eisenhower Era traces this armament from conception through deployment. It also discusses the widespread acceptance of these weapons by the American public, a result, in part, of being touted in news releases, and featured in films and television episodes at the time.
About the Author
Christopher J. Bright is a diplomatic historian. He received his Ph.D. from the Cold War program at George Washington University.
Table of Contents
Technological Challenges, “High Kill,” and the Origins of Nuclear Air Defense Arms * Robert Sprague, Eisenhower, Congress, and “Indispensable” Weapons * Testing, Predelegating, and Announcing * Genie * Nike-Hercules * BOMARC and Falcon
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