Author: Alexander on 29-12-2016, 21:35
An Untaken Road Strategy, Technology, and the Hidden History of America's Mobile ICBMs

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

by Steven A. Pomeroy
English | 2016 | ISBN: 1612519733 | 305 Pages | True PDF | 10.2 MB
This thorough study of a "road not taken" is a must read for those seeking to understand the challenges and constraints on U.S. military weapon programs, especially when inter-organization competition, domestic politics, strategic needs, and new technologies collide.


Utilizing recently declassified documents, years of experience, and an unrivaled passion for the history of military technologies, Pomeroy has created a new framework on the nature of strategic weapons technology innovation. This thorough study of a "road not taken" is a must read for those seeking to understand the challenges and constraints on U.S. military weapon programs, especially when inter-organization competition, domestic politics, strategic needs, and new technologies collide.

"How and why the U.S. Air Force struggled to bring mobility to its land-based ICBM force is a fascinating saga that played out against the backdrop of strategy, engineering, management, bureaucratic rivalries, domestic politics, and high-level diplomacy. Steven Pomeroy engages this complex story of an 'untaken road' through a series of abortive Air Force efforts to develop and deploy its Minuteman and MX ballistic missiles in ways to ensure the survivability of those weapons in the event of the unthinkable nuclear war. Among the proposals were a 'fleet' of a hundred trains roaming a quarter million miles of track, submersibles cruising the shallows of the Great Lakes and Gulf of Mexico, and giant high-endurance missile-carrying aircraft circling the skies of North America. Extensively documented using an impressive range of recently declassified sources, Pomeroy's book offers a thought-provoking case study that illuminates the process of technological change within a sophisticated historical and analytical context." - William Trimble, author of Admiral William A. Moffett: Architect of Naval Aviation and Hero of the Air: Glenn Curtiss and the Birth of Naval Aviation

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