Counsels of war
Gregg Herken writes about the people whose profession it has been to think about the unthinkable--Robert McNamara, Paul Nitze, Herman Kahn, Bernard Brodie--including their intense rivalries, personal animosities, and often contentious relationship with the professional military. He reveals how the influence of the scientist and strategist has extended well beyond the laboratory and the classroom--in the proposal of Kennedy's advisers for a nuclear "demonstration" and even a "clever first-strike" against the Russians, for example. Counsels of War also shatters certain popular assumptions about U.S. nuclear policy. As Herken points out, while American doctrine stresses "retaliation," U.S. strategists have always planned to "pre-empt" a Soviet attack.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Present at the Creation
Shadow of the Sword
25 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
Absolute Weapon administration administration's Air Force Air Force's American nuclear strategy analysts argued arms control arms race atomic bomb Bernard Brodie bombers Borden briefing Brodie's Brzezinski Carter cities civilian claimed Committee concern counterforce crisis critics decision defense secretary destruction deterrence doctrine early Edward Teller effect Eisenhower Eisenhower's Ellsberg Enthoven experts fact Gaither Gaither report Garwin Herbert York Herken Herman Kahn Hiroshima hydrogen bomb ICBMs idea Interview Kahn Kahn's Kaufmann Kaysen Keeny Kennedy Kissinger later LeMay McNamara military MIRV missile defense missile gap nation Nitze's Nixon nuclear strategy nuclear weapons Oppenheimer Oppenheimer's Paul Nitze Pentagon political president proposed Rabi Rand Rand's Rathjens Richard Garwin Rostow Russians SAC's SALT Schelling Schlesinger Soviet missiles Soviet Union strategic bombing strategists Super targets Teller test ban Thomas Schelling thought threat tion Truman United Vietnam vulnerability Wiesner Winning Weapon Wizards of Armageddon Wohlstetter Wohlstetter's wrote York
George Kennan and the Dilemmas of US Foreign Policy
Limited preview - 1990
All Book Search results »
Cardinal Choices: Presidential Science Advising from the Atomic Bomb to Sdi
Limited preview - 1992