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The Origins Of Sdi 1944 1983

Author : Donald R. Baucom
ISBN : UOM:39015021563179
Genre : Strategic Defense Initiative
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Most people think Star Wars began with the ideas of Ronald Reagan, but its roots reach decades further back. In this first scholarly account of the origins of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), historian Don Baucom traces these roots back to the dawn of the missile age in 1944. He finds SDI emerging after a period of nearly 40 years from forces generated by technological developments, changing strategic conditions, and the collapse of the SALT arms control negotiations of the 1970s.
Category: Strategic Defense Initiative

Managing National Security Policy

Author : William W. Newmann
ISBN : 0822970767
Genre : Political Science
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William Newmann examines the ways in which presidents make national security decisions, and explores how those processes evolve over time. He creates a complex portrait of policy making, which may help future presidents design national security decision structures that fit the realities of the office in today's world.
Category: Political Science

The Strategic Defence Initiative

Author : Mira Duric
ISBN : 9781351881517
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Central to US foreign policy, the Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI) was launched by Ronald Reagan in 1983. While the Reagan administration failed to deploy the SDI system, it featured prominently in the relationship between the US and the Soviet Union. This insightful book examines SDI and the Reagan administration through an evaluation of the role of the SDI in the end of the Cold War. Presenting an extensive range of primary and secondary material together with interviews, the book will be welcomed by academics and upper level students interested in politics and history.

United States Military History 1865 To The Present Day

Author : Jeffery Charlston
ISBN : 9781351143714
Genre : History
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Explaining America's rise as a global military power challenges the methodologies of military history. This volume looks beyond the major conflicts covered elsewhere in the Library to explore the operational, conceptual, technological and cultural forces that shaped the United States military after the American Civil War. Individual articles reflect the wide range of topics and approaches that contribute to the growing understanding of the American military and its relationship with its parent society.
Category: History

Arguments That Count

Author : Rebecca Slayton
ISBN : 9780262316545
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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How differing assessments of risk by physicists and computer scientists have influenced public debate over nuclear defense. In a rapidly changing world, we rely upon experts to assess the promise and risks of new technology. But how do these experts make sense of a highly uncertain future? In Arguments that Count, Rebecca Slayton offers an important new perspective. Drawing on new historical documents and interviews as well as perspectives in science and technology studies, she provides an original account of how scientists came to terms with the unprecedented threat of nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). She compares how two different professional communities—physicists and computer scientists—constructed arguments about the risks of missile defense, and how these arguments changed over time. Slayton shows that our understanding of technological risks is shaped by disciplinary repertoires—the codified knowledge and mathematical rules that experts use to frame new challenges. And, significantly, a new repertoire can bring long-neglected risks into clear view. In the 1950s, scientists recognized that high-speed computers would be needed to cope with the unprecedented speed of ICBMs. But the nation's elite science advisors had no way to analyze the risks of computers so used physics to assess what they could: radar and missile performance. Only decades later, after establishing computing as a science, were advisors able to analyze authoritatively the risks associated with complex software—most notably, the risk of a catastrophic failure. As we continue to confront new threats, including that of cyber attack, Slayton offers valuable insight into how different kinds of expertise can limit or expand our capacity to address novel technological risks.
Category: Technology & Engineering

A Military History Of The Cold War 1962 1991

Author : Jonathan M. House
ISBN : 9780806167787
Genre : History
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Study of the Cold War all too often shows us the war that wasn’t fought. The reality, of course, is that many “hot” conflicts did occur, some with the great powers' weapons and approval, others without. It is this reality, and this period of quasi-war and semiconflict, that Jonathan M. House plumbs in A Military History of the Cold War, 1962–1991, a complex case study in the Clausewitzian relationship between policy and military force during a time of global upheaval and political realignment. This volume opens a new perspective on three fraught decades of Cold War history, revealing how the realities of time, distance, resources, and military culture often constrained and diverted the inclinations or policies of world leaders. In addition to the Vietnam War and nuclear confrontations between the USSR and the United States, this period saw dozens of regional wars and insurgencies fought throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Cuba, Pakistan, Indonesia, Israel, Egypt, and South Africa pursued their own goals in ways that drew the superpowers into regional disputes. Even clashes ostensibly unrelated to the politics of East-West confrontation, such as the Nigerian-Biafran conflict, the Falklands/Malvinas War, and the Indonesian occupation of East Timor, involved armed forces, weapons, and tactics developed for the larger conflict and thus come under House’s scrutiny. His study also takes up nontraditional or specialized aspects of the period, including weapons of mass destruction, civil-military relations, civil defense, and control of domestic disorders. The result is a single, integrated survey and analysis of a complex period in geopolitical history, which fills a significant gap in our knowledge of the organization, logistics, operations, and tactics involved in conflict throughout the Cold War.
Category: History

Rocket States Atomic Weaponry And The Cultural Imagination

Author : Fabienne Collignon
ISBN : 9781623569426
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Rocket States crosses the disciplines of Cold War Studies, American Literature, American Studies and Cultural Studies. The particular attraction of this study lies in the combination of its range-close textual and visual analysis of the correlations between land and weaponry, set firmly within its political and cultural contexts-with its unique analytical approach. The book offers a synthesis between history, theories of technology, theories of space, popular culture, literary study and military science. It illuminates a variety of literary texts from key writers and thinkers such as Pynchon, Stephen King, Norman Mailer, and Tom Wolfe, while also invoking figures like Nikola Tesla, James Webb, Batman and Ronald Reagan. Organised topographically, according to how missile technology manifests itself differently in particular locations, Rocket States's geographical targets are Colorado, Kansas, Cape Canaveral and New York, variously titled 'Excavation', 'Preservation', 'Evacuation' and 'Transmission'. It advances through these states roughly chronologically, beginning in the late 1940s and early 1950s and coming to an end in the first part of the 21st century. Collignon's argument is concerned with identifying the recurring figures and fantasies of the Cold War: the dome or parabola as sheltering techno-form; the fictions of total security adapting to constantly changing targeting strategies; gadget love; closed, freezing worlds. As such, Rocket States analyses by what processes the Cold War is frequently literalised in its weapons installations and how these facilities, in turn, shape dreams of containment, survival, escape and techno-supremacy.
Category: Literary Criticism

Single Stage To Orbit

Author : Andrew J. Butrica
ISBN : 9780801881343
Genre : Science
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While the glories and tragedies of the space shuttle make headlines and move the nation, the story of the shuttle forms an inseparabe part of a lesser-known but no less important drama—the search for a reusable single-stage-to-orbit rocket. Here an award-winning student of space science, Andrew J. Butrica, examines the long and tangled history of this ambitious concept, from it first glimmerings in the 1920s, when technicians dismissed it as unfeasible, to its highly expensive heyday in the midst of the Cold War, when conservative-backed government programs struggled to produce an operational flight vehicle. Butrica finds a blending of far-sighted engineering and heavy-handed politics. To the first and oldest idea—that of the reusable rocket-powered single-stage-to-orbit vehicle—planners who belonged to what President Eisenhower referred to as the military-industrial complex.added experimental ("X"), "aircraft-like" capabilties and, eventually, a "faster, cheaper, smaller" managerial approach. Single Stage to Orbit traces the interplay of technology, corporate interest, and politics, a combination that well served the conservative space agenda and ultimately triumphed—not in the realization of inexpensive, reliable space transport—but in a vision of space militarization and commercialization that would appear settled United States policy in the early twenty-first century.
Category: Science

Providing The Means Of War

Author : Shannon A. Brown
ISBN : 0160876214
Genre : United States
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General Editer: Shannon A. Brown. Based on the papers presented at an acquisition history aymposium called "Providing the Means of War" held on 10-12 September 2001. Provides a way for the acquisition community to learn about the past and illuminate our understanding of contemporary and future issues. Looks at case histories from the Army, Navy, and Air Force, as well as from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Shows that the acquisition process is a shared burden, with both private industry and the American government having important roles to play
Category: United States

Organizing For The Use Of Space

Author : American Astronautical Society
ISBN : STANFORD:36105018249214
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Category: Technology & Engineering


Author : Edmund Morris
ISBN : 0375756450
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The author uses a unique first-person narrative and comprehensive scholarship to chronicle the life of Ronald Reagan, the statesman and politician.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Political Science Quarterly

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105005484287
Genre : Political science
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A review devoted to the historical statistical and comparative study of politics, economics and public law.
Category: Political science


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ISBN : STANFORD:36105007408375
Genre : Academic libraries
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Category: Academic libraries

Way Out There In The Blue

Author : Frances FitzGerald
ISBN : UOM:39015047850055
Genre : History
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Fire in the Lake" comes another major work of history, an original portrait of Ronald Reagan, the most puzzling president of the last half of the 20th century.
Category: History

Presidents Diplomats And Other Mortals

Author : Robert H. Ferrell
ISBN : UOM:39015068804726
Genre : History
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"Examining the role of the United States in the international arena from the 1860s to the present, these essays in honor of Robert H. Ferrell consider presidents from Lincoln to Bush, as well as the success or failure of diplomatic efforts in Russia, Nicaragua, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, and elsewhere"--Provided by publisher.
Category: History

Contemporary Authors

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ISBN : UOM:39015064381851
Genre : Authors
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On Cultural Ground

Author : Robert David Johnson
ISBN : NWU:35556026237826
Genre : History
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Category: History

Understanding Space

Author : Jerry Jon Sellers
ISBN : STANFORD:36105119716657
Genre : Science
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This is an introductory text in astronautics. It contains historical background and a discussion of space missions, space environment, orbits, atmospheric entry, spacecraft design, spacecraft subsystems, and space operations. It features section reviews summarizing key concepts, terms, and equations, and is extensively illustrated with many photos, figures, and examples Space law, politics, and economics This is a truly user-friendly, full-color text focused on understanding concepts and practical applications but written in a down-to-earth, engaging manner that painlessly helps you understand complex topics. It is laid out with multi-color highlights for key terms and ideas, reinforced with detailed example problems, and supported by detailed section reviews summarizing key concepts, terms, and equations.
Category: Science