The Strategic Air Command

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This work analyzes the evolution of the U.S. strategic air force from 1945 to 1955. As commander of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) from 1948 through 1955, Curtis LeMay shaped U.S. strategic forces to survive the new world. He insisted that the Air Force have access to atomic energy information for strategic planning. He struggled to find, promote, and retain the most qualified pilots and support personnel in the Air Force. This work describes the evolution of Air Force strategic forces, describes the importance of personnel to the SAC mission and how LeMay addressed the problem, examines the development of specialized maintenance in SAC, traces the transition from the B-47 to the B-52, and explores the importance of intelligence and targeting.

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Borgiasz (history, Northern Virginia Community College) describes how the SAC became what he calls the predominant military deterrent during the era, as much from wartime lessons in planning, personnel, aircraft development, and intelligence as from strategic analyses and bureaucratic bargaining. He also argues that SAC was not as strong as many people, including historians, have thought. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275948610
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/9/1996
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM S. BORGIASZ is an Adjunct Professor of History at Northern Virginia Community College.

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Table of Contents

1 Air Force Strategic Planning, 1945 to 1953 1
2 The New Look 35
3 Evolution of SAC Personnel Policies 55
4 Origins and Evolution of SAC Maintenance 73
5 The Transition from the B-47 to the B-52 93
6 Intelligence and Targeting 109
7 Conclusion 143
Selected Bibliography 147
Index 155
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