By Steven A. Pomeroy
Steven A. Pomeroy has authored the 1st historical past of the yank cellular intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a expertise the U.S. spent 4 many years and billions of bucks growing yet by no means deployed. An Untaken Road showcases how the evolution of a know-how that finally by no means existed and the politics that surrounded it prove considerably shaping American nuclear technique and forces for decades.
Utilizing lately declassified files, years of expertise, and an unequalled ardour for the historical past of army applied sciences, Pomeroy has created a brand new framework at the nature of strategic guns expertise innovation. This thorough learn of a “road no longer taken” is a needs to learn for these looking to comprehend the demanding situations and constraints on U.S. army weapon courses, specifically while inter-organization pageant, family politics, strategic wishes, and new applied sciences collide.
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Nonetheless, in an exercise of technological transfer, they contributed various components, including rocket engine and guidance technologies, to later missile programs. 28 Despite this, Navaho and Snark often crashed into waters surrounding their test sites. ”29 The systems largely failed, although Snark briefly deployed. The intercontinental cruise missile’s road was a dead end. Re-opening an Untaken Road From 1953 through 1954, the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration eyed reducing defense costs and reviewed defense research and development.
The silo was not preordained, and the mobile 24 Chapter 1 ICBM was a legitimate contender. 50 Technological transfer and diffusion begin during phase one but increase dramatically during phase two. Adolescence and the teen years equate to this phase. Like academics debating new ideas, technological innovators share knowledge via many means—staff studies, reports, simulations, military exercises, experiments, colloquia, journals, and the like. In the Pentagon’s internal battle for control of the ICBM mission, the antagonists had to share knowledge.
In support of a manpower-intensive military, Soviet aerospace industry concentrated on ground support aircraft. The postwar bomber force began with the Tu-4 Bull, a copy of the American B-29. No matter—Soviets exalted at the victorious end of the Great Patriotic War. Britain’s ambassador to the Soviet Union, Sir Archibald Clerk Kerr, wrote, “Russia could be made safe at last. She could put her house in order, and more than this from behind her matchless 300 divisions, she could stretch out her hand and take most of what she needed and perhaps more.
An Untaken Road: Strategy, Technology, and the Hidden History of America’s Mobile ICBMs by Steven A. Pomeroy