Accession Number : AD1030454


Title :   The Evolution of Air and Nuclear Doctrine: The Theories that Shaped SIOP-62


Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Corporate Author : AIR UNIVERSITY,SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIR AND SPACE STUDIES MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE United States


Personal Author(s) : Wyrick,David J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1030454.pdf


Report Date : 01 Jun 2016


Pagination or Media Count : 105


Abstract : This study analyzes the evolution of Airpower doctrine from 1920-1962. The key event in 1962 is the presentation of the nuclear war plan, known as the Single Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP), to President Kennedy. The SIOP integrated the various military service plans and created a master plan for the nation in time of nuclear war. However, when the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff briefed President Kennedy on SIOP-62, the president rejected the plan as unusable due to its lack of flexibility. This paper asks the question, how is it possible that SAC developed the most deadly war plan in history, SIOP-62, without including the key tenet of airpower, flexibility?


Descriptors :   military doctrine , foreign relations , early warning systems , intercontinental ballistic missiles , treaties , military force levels , nuclear weapons , military organizations , air power , aerial warfare , second world war , national security , air force , military history


Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE