Our Cities Need Not Be Doomed

Parkman, Henry
September 1953
New Republic;9/21/53, Vol. 129 Issue 8, p12
The article presents information on concerns over nuclear threats in the U.S. No nation is going to mount intercontinental attacks against this the U.S. just to drop bombs on Podunk. The initial costs of modern weapons, equipment and trained crews, the losses to attrition and interception, the risks of retaliatory action, all are too great for the prospective gain. Attacks to be profitable must be launche and over 50 percent of those employed in manufacturing are concentrated in the 40 top metropolitan areas. Thirty percent of the population and 40 percent of the manufacturing employees are in the top 15. Big concentrations of manpower, vital industry and government within small areas make excellent destruction will seriously weaken the U.S. ability and will to resist and thus repay the attacker for the effort expended.


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