AUTHORMoulton, Harold B.
TITLEFrom Superiority to Parity: The United States and the Strategic Arms Race, 1961-1971
PUBLISHERGreenwood Press
CITYWestport, CT

This book examines the nuclear strategy of the United States during the 1960s. It begins with an overview of the U.S. defense strategy prior to President John F. Kennedy’s election. It then covers, among other topics, the “missile gap”, the impact of the Cuban Missile Crisis, U.S. strategic superiority through the mid-1960s, parity, the debate concerning missiles versus manned bombers, assured destruction, the Nike-X system, and damage limitation. The epilogue discusses the impact of the Vietnam War and the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) on nuclear strategy. The author relies heavily on congressional testimony, especially that given by the Secretary of Defense, Robert S. McNamara.

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