By Any Means Necessary: America's Secret Air War in the Cold War

By Any Means Necessary: America's Secret Air War in the Cold War

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By Any Means Necessary: America's Secret Air War in the Cold War 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Manirul More than 1 year ago
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I found By Any Means Necessary to be extremely interesting and informative. At the end of World War II America and the Soviet Union found themselves in a political conflict known as the Cold War. By Any Means Necessary deals with the military¿s role and explains the clandestine missions clouded in secrecy that were continuously flown over enemy territory to ¿ferret¿ enemy radar. The author does a very good job in providing solid background information on the Cold War and the reasons for America flying these dangerous ¿ferreting¿ missions. Basically during the Cold War America wanted to be prepared in the event of war with the Soviet Union, this means knowing the enemy¿s strengths and weaknesses. To do this the military flew countless reconnaissance missions and over the years compiled an impressive database that provided information such as location and strategic importance on Soviet bases, factories, railroads etc. This information didn¿t come cheaply and this is what the book is about. It describes these missions in a fascinating first hand account and really gives the reader a good perspective of what happened when the Soviets detected these illegal overflights. Many of the American planes were shot down and the crews never heard from again. In an attempt to avoid political embarrassment the government wrote these men and women off and told their families that their loved ones had died in routine training missions, not willing to reveal the truth or even give the deceased their due credit. I find the fact that our government was unwilling to send help to downed pilots in enemy territory and simply write off those who died, simply appalling. By Any Means Necessary was really an eye-opener. I liked this book and recommend it to anyone who is interested in military history and government coverups.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At the end of World War II we found ourselves faced with a new enemy, the Soviet Union. Unfortunately, we knew little about them and they made every effort to close their borders. When Russia obtained nuclear weapons, America and Russia scrambled to create strategic forces to assure annihilation of their enemy if they should be so stupid as to attack The Strategic Air Command (SAC) was formed for America's deterrent force (the first leg of the triad which later included land based ICBMs and Navy ballistic missile submarines). But SAC was faced with a real problem: what and where are the targets? We knew where the major cities were, but we did not want to attack the civilian population. Thus America began a series of bold incursions into Russia to find strategic targets. The British also contributed with some daring flights over Russia and Eastern Europe. The early spy planes were converted World War II prop driven relics that were easy prey for Mig-15 and Mig-17 fighters and several were lost with their crews. America replaced the aging prop planes with Boeing's RB-47, Martin's RB-57 and the famous U-2. Several of these planes were shot down, some over international waters. The spy missions later expanded to include radar mapping and gathering of electronic intelligence. We needed to know where radar sites were and what frequencies they were operating at in order for out bombers to penetrate. Many missions were also carried out against North Korea and China. Intelligence gathering flights continue today, but satellites now do much of the job. The most recent incident is the collision of a Navy intelligence plane and a Chinese fighter in early 2001. The author also covers the distress of the families of the missing men and the Governments continued veil of secrecy surrounding the loss of aircraft and crew. I had no idea that we had lost dozens of aircraft and hundreds of crewmen. This is a story that deserves to be told and read by all Americans.