Accession Number : AD1009775

Title :   H-Bomb Development: Decision on the Merits or Political Necessity

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

Personal Author(s) : Parks, Nathan D

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Report Date : 23 May 2015

Pagination or Media Count : 71

Abstract : This monograph employs a historical analysis to review the debate and subsequent decision within the US government in 1949 and 1950 over whether to pursue an accelerated program to develop thermonuclear weapons. The development of the thermonuclear bomb by the United States and Soviet Union in the early 1950s significantly altered the balance of power between nations and cemented the status of the United States and Soviet Union as superpowers. This paper addresses two fundamental questions: what led to the US decision to pursue thermonuclear weapons and how that decision was made.

Descriptors :   NUCLEAR BOMBS , Nuclear weapons , DECISION MAKING , Soviet Union , United States , balance of power , foreign policy

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE