By Jacob Neufeld

Following global warfare II, the onset of nuclear guns, long-range jet bombers, and ballistic missiles extensively replaced American international coverage and army approach. the us Air strength, led by way of males of far-sighted imaginative and prescient and unusual commitment, authorized the problem of organizing and top a huge examine and improvement attempt to construct ballistic missiles.

within the zone of the century on account that, those guns have constituted one of many tree legs of the strategic triad, the root of America's technique of deterring nuclear warfare, but they've got obtained much less awareness from the general public and in the Air strength than the extra glamorous manned bombers of the Strategic Air Command or the missile-launching submarines of the U.S. army. This quantity makes an attempt to right the imbalance through telling the tale of improvement of Air strength ballistic Missiles.

It concentrates at the first iteration of ballistic missiles: the intercontinental Atlas and Titan, and the intermediate diversity Thor. even if the trouble to increase rockets has an extended heritage than often assumed, the trendy heritage spans the particularly brief period from 1945 to 1960. in this short period, missiles complicated from drafting board to alert prestige, the place the subsequent new release now is still poised to discourage struggle.

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16 BALLISTIC MISSILES of the nation, had to be prepared to repel all attacks-Iand, sea, and air. 24 Norstad's statement came before the General Staff and, in February 1946, led Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the new Army Chief, to order a review of the McNarney Directive. General Spaatz again recommended assigning all missile development to central AAF control. He argued that missiles required autopilots, remote control devices, and airfoils-all items developed and procured by the AAF. Moreover, continuing War Department disagreement in the missile field might result in an uncontested victory for the Navy.

Gen. Barney M. Giles, Chief of the Air Staff, AAF, advocated mass production of the JB-2. 16 BALLISTIC MISSILES of the nation, had to be prepared to repel all attacks-Iand, sea, and air. 24 Norstad's statement came before the General Staff and, in February 1946, led Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the new Army Chief, to order a review of the McNarney Directive. General Spaatz again recommended assigning all missile development to central AAF control. He argued that missiles required autopilots, remote control devices, and airfoils-all items developed and procured by the AAF.

46 BALLISTIC MISSILES RESEARCH Vannevar Bush, head of the Joint Research and Development Board. issue. The AAF sought to gain exclusive control over all missile development, while the Navy favored the creation of a national program to silence critics of the military's handling of missile projects. The Army leadership sided with the Navy, and on April I, 1946, the two service secretaries issued a joint statement supporting a comprehensive national guided missile program, including joint procurement, testing, and training.

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