By Albert Wohlstetter
Pioneers of nuclear-age coverage research, Albert Wohlstetter (1913-1997) and Roberta Wohlstetter (1912-2007) emerged as of America's such a lot arguable, cutting edge and consequential strategists. during the readability in their considering, the rigor in their study, and the patience in their personalities, they have been in a position to form the perspectives and reduction the selections of Democratic and Republican policymakers either in the course of and after the chilly battle. even if the Wohlstetters' strategic techniques and analytical equipment stay hugely influential, no publication has introduced jointly their most vital released and unpublished essays--until now.Edited through Robert Zarate and Henry Sokolski. With brief commentaries by means of Henry S. Rowen, Alain C. Enthoven, Richard Perle, Stephen J. Lukasik, and Andrew W. Marshall. For extra, stopover at Albert Wohlstetter Dot Com.
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S. strategic nuclear forces. On a related note, Wohlstetter was deeply critical of statements by Senator Fulbright and others promoting “launch-on-warning” as an actual operational policy. Albert found “launch-on-warning” to be deeply dangerous and politically irresponsible: The revival today, by several distinguished senators and some able physicists opposing ABM, of the suggestion that, rather than defend ICBM’s, we should launch them at Russian cities simply on the basis of radar represents a long step backward.
125 In contrast, the Soviets would continue to field the A-35 ABM system near Moscow that they had first begun installing in the early 1960s. S. ) Strategic Nuclear Competition: Rivalry, But No Race. S. strategic nuclear forces intensified. One key issue was whether 41 the United States should try to improve the accuracy with which nuclear-armed delivery vehicles could be delivered to their intended military targets, even if the purpose was to decrease the possibility of harm to civilian noncombatants.
S. strategic nuclear forces at the RAND Corporation—worried about the extent to which government decisionmakers would always act in an objectively “sane” or “rational” manner. Drawing on his wife Roberta’s work on Pearl Harbor, he came to view Imperial Japan’s December 1941 surprise strike as highly instructive. On the one hand, Tokyo, when faced with the prospect of eventual but almost certain defeat, had reasoned that a daring surprise attack on what it had correctly perceived to be vulnerable American naval forces in Hawaii was the less risky choice.
Nuclear Heuristics: Selected Writings of Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter by Albert Wohlstetter