The Origins Of Sdi, 1944-1983

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"This book is more than just an analysis of the events leading up to President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative. It is a remarkably well-informed and clearly written account of ballistic missile defense in the whole post-war period. I think anyone interested in the history of American nuclear weapons policy will find this book very much worth reading."—Marc Trachtenberg, author of History and Strategy

"Baucom has done some real spade work and has come up with the most thorough and most accurate version of events that I've seen-or the closest we are likely to get for some time."—Gregg Herken, author of The Counsels of War and The Winning Weapon: The Atomic Bomb in the Cold War

"This work will take its place as a standard and important reference work in the field."—Stephen J. Cimbala, author of The Technology, Strategy, and Politics of SDI

Author Biography: Donald R. Baucom received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Oklahoma in 1976 and is currently the historian for the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization. During twenty-eight years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force he completed tours as a communications-electronics officer in Spain and Thailand; taught military history and a course on the interaction between science, technology, and warfare at the U.S. Air Force Academy; taught military history and strategy at the Air War College; and edited the Air University Review. He has also been an associate historian for the Space Station History Project at NASA Headquarters. He retired from the Air Force in 1990.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700611003
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 12/19/1992
  • Series: Modern War Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Pt. 1 Dawn of the Missile Age
1 The Origins of Missile Defenses: From V-2 to NIKE-X 3
2 Fielding an ABM System: Decision and Debate 25
Pt. 2 The SALT Decade
3 SALT I and the Institutionalization of MAD 53
4 The End of the SALT Era: Strategic Crisis 72
Pt. 3 An American Phoenix
5 The Death of SAFEGUARD and the Reorientation of America's ABM Program 91
6 The Reemergence of Ballistic Missile Defense as a National Issue: 1977-1981 114
Pt. 4 Strategic Crisis, Presidential Response
7 The High Frontier 141
8 The Presidential Decision 171
Epilogue: Triumph and Transition 197
Notes 201
Selected Bibliography 253
Index 265
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