From Polaris to Trident: The Development of Us Fleet Ballistic Missile Technology

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Juni 2003



This book provides a historical account of one of the key weapons developments of the nuclear age. By examining the United States Fleet Ballistic Missile program from Polaris in the 1950s to Trident II in the 1990s, Graham Spinardi is able to examine in detail the complex relationship between the advance of technology and the pace of the arms race. Did technology "drive" the arms race or were these weapons simply the product of political decisions? His account, drawing on interviews with many of the key participants, is the most complete currently available.


Acknowledgements; 1. The US Fleet Ballistic Missile system: technology and nuclear war; 2. Theoretical models of weapons development; 3. Heterogeneous engineering and the origins of the fleet ballistic missile; 4. Building Polaris; 5. Success and successors; 6. Poseidon; 7. Strat-X, ULMS and Trident I; 8. The improved accuracy programme and Trident II; 9. Understanding technical change in weaponry; 10. Appendix: list of interviewees; Notes; Index.




'... it is an intriguing account of the political background, aims and technology of the fleet ballistic missile system ... [It] is clear and anyone interested in ballistic missile politics and technology will find it fascinating.' Journal of Naval Engineering 'It is quite simply, the most carefully researched, scholarly and objective account I have read on the FBM program.' Rear Admiral Robert H. Wertheim 'Since World War II the western world has become adept at designing and managing extremely large and complex technological projects that greatly influence the course of contemporary history. Graham Spinardi's history of the Fleet Ballistic Missile Project provides a pioneering, detailed and engaging history of creativity massively organized.' Tom Hughes, University of Pennsylvania
EAN: 9780521413572
ISBN: 0521413575
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Texts in the History'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2003
Seitenanzahl: 268 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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