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"Students in most universities have it easy. They don't have to worry about exam questions such as 'Can we kill 10 million people, beginning one day next week?'"

This is an article about Air University; established in 1946 by the U.S. Department of War in order to train senior American Air Force officers to serve as strategic thinkers in the realm of national security. In 1949 that meant conceiving of ways to implement a successful strategy in which the Soviet Union would be defeated with nuclear weapons:

"In the statistics of modern war, a loss of approximately 4% of a nation's population saps its will to resist..."

Six months after this article was first read, the Soviets tested their first Atomic bomb; click here to read about that event.

Click here to read about the invention of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile


Towards a Nuclear Strategy (Pathfinder Magazine, 1949)

Towards a Nuclear Strategy (Pathfinder Magazine, 1949)

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