The Air Force's Enduring Legacy of Nuclear Deterrence

March 2009
Air Power History;Spring2009, Vol. 56 Issue 1, p4
Academic Journal
The article presents an examination into the U.S. Air Force's nuclear deterrence strategy during the Cold War. The centrality of strategic deterrence within the national security policies of the U.S. immediately after World War II until the fall of the Soviet Union is outlined. Several elements of how these policies pertained to the Air Force's organizational structure and working mission are explored and the branch's successful meeting of these goals is highlighted, particularly through the leadership of the Strategic Air Command (SAC).


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