AUTHORMiller, Jerry
TITLEStockpile: The Story Behind 10,000 Strategic Nuclear Weapons
PUBLISHERNaval Institute Press
CITYAnnapolis, MD

This history examines the buildup of the U.S. nuclear arsenal from Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt to Barack Obama, illuminating the how and why behind the nuclear stockpile. It provides a multifaceted look at roles played by the military, congress, the executive branch, scientists, and the American public in the development of an ever-increasing stockpile of weapons and delivery systems. The author, a nuclear delivery pilot and nuclear target planner, has experience in the development of weapons and delivery systems. He analyzes the diverse interests that shaped nuclear weapons policies, emphasizing his view that the stockpile is excessive. In fifteen chapters, the book addresses issues that include the tension between military and civilian control of nuclear weapons, targeting strategies, the single integrated operational plan (SIOP) for a nuclear war, contributions of scientists to weapons development, inter-service competition for weapons systems, political applications of nuclear weapons, lack of public understanding of such weapons, and the role of arms control. The book is a valuable contribution to the history of the nuclear arms race between the U.S. and Russia and fosters an understanding of U.S. nuclear policy.

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