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Bigger Bombs for a Brighter Tomorrow : The Strategic Air Command and American War Plans at the Dawn of

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Coming out of World War II, most Americans were in the dark about the country’s true atomic arsenal capability. Military historian Curatola dissects war plans from 1945 to 1950, compares them to the state of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), and reviews the Strategic Air Command’s (SAC) ability to carry them out. Citing the perils of postwar planning and the dangers of assumptions vis-à-vis national security, he critically reviews war plans during the period, the actual capability present in both SAC and other national organizations, specifically the AEC, and finds a drearier picture of American atomic warfare capabilities than expressed previously. Nine chapters are divided into three parts and conclusion: the bomb; American war planning; Strategic Air Command. Chapters are: Mr. X and the fiscal year (FY) 50 debate; the Atomic Energy Commission and the fight over custody; inter-service squabbles; the postwar world and the USSBS; national security objectives?; war plans; assessments; men; machines. There are chapter notes, a bibliography, and illustrations. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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