Powder and Propellants: Energetic Materials at Indian Head, Maryland, 1890-2001 / Edition 2

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Revised and updated, this is the story of the U.S. Navy’s premier facility for research, development, testing, and evaluation of “energetic materials,” the chemical compounds used in gun and rocket propellants as well as in aircraft cockpit ejection seats. Initially charged to improve the penetrating power of warheads against steel armor, Indian Head became the proving grounds for testing guns, propellant powder, shells, mounts, and armor, notably the manufacture and testing of Jet Assist Takeoff (JATO), Zuni, Talos, and Polaris rockets and missiles.

First published in 1990 as a private publication for the Navy, Powder and Propellants is now available again as a revised and expanded second edition, with a new chapter on the institution’s last decade. Those interested in military history, technology, and government institutional history will find this book invaluable.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574411492
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Rodney P. Carlisle is Vice President of History Associates Incorporated, a historical services firm in Rockville, Maryland, and professor of history at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey. He is the author of numerous books, including Brandy, Our Man in Acapulco, published by the University of North Texas Press.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Preface to the Second Edition
About the Author
List of Abbreviations
Ch. 1 Origins of the Naval Ordnance Station 1
Ch. 2 Early Powder Manufacturing and Ordnance Testing 19
Ch. 3 Ordnance Technology in the World War I Era 43
Ch. 4 Indian Head in Ordnance Research, 1921-1941 63
Ch. 5 Indian Head: The Navy and the Community, 1890-1940 89
Ch. 6 World War II 105
Ch. 7 Postwar Patterns 121
Ch. 8 Years of Transition, 1955-1963 137
Ch. 9 From Naval Propellant Plant to Naval Ordnance Station 161
Ch. 10 The Post-Vietnam Years 185
Ch. 11 The Second Century Begins 213
Epilogue: Retrospectives and Prospects 237
App. 1 Tours of Duty, Inspectors of Ordnance in Charge and Commanding Officers, Indian Head 245
App. 2 Biographical Information, Officers in Charge and Commanding Officers, Indian Head 247
App. 3 Oral History Interviews Conducted for this Work 258
App. 4 Milestones in Technology and Management 259
App. 5 Chiefs of the Navy Bureau of Ordnance and its Successors, 1881-2001 263
Notes 265
Glossary of Technical Terms 303
Bibliography 311
Index 317
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