By Steven A. Pomeroy
Steven A. Pomeroy has authored the 1st historical past of the yankee cellular intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a expertise the USA spent 4 many years and billions of greenbacks growing yet by no means deployed. An Untaken Road showcases how the evolution of a know-how that eventually by no means existed and the politics that surrounded it prove considerably shaping American nuclear procedure and forces for decades.
Utilizing lately declassified records, years of expertise, and an unmatched ardour for the background of army applied sciences, Pomeroy has created a brand new framework at the nature of strategic guns expertise innovation. This thorough learn of a “road no longer taken” is a needs to learn for these looking to comprehend the demanding situations and constraints on U.S. army weapon courses, specifically while inter-organization festival, household politics, strategic wishes, and new applied sciences collide.
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It encompasses the unified intellectual coherence behind, within, and around the component, technique, discourse, and theory that allows the whole to obtain results, be they physical, mental, or both. 35 Strategy, Technology, and Innovation Innovation scholar Stephen P. Rosen defined three pathways for innovation. ” Combat arms represent technological systems. S. Air Force fighters, bombers, transports, and eventually missiles, particularly Embarking on the Road Untaken 21 ICBMs, represented combat arms (as did other families of systems).
It does not matter whether they have a physical manifestation visible to humans. 34 The checklists that ICBM operators used to launch their missiles represented technique at the tactical, or lowest, level of war. The SAC operational plans that integrated aerial tankers, reconnaissance, bombers, and missiles represented operational-level technique, and the overall integration of all American nuclear forces represented strategiclevel technique. The term “mental architecture” parallels the historian’s understanding of technology as artifact, meaning, and use.
Technics are tools. Creating and using tools, utensils, and machines demand specialized “technique”—that is, proven ways of creating and using them. Historians accept the concepts of tools, machines, and technique, but they debate whether a mental schema of organization (like government or large-scale “ways” of doing work) is a technology. 30 In this study, technology comprises physical and mental elements, a point requiring further discussion. Historians Kranzberg and Pursell highlighted the mental aspect but respected the physical.
An Untaken Road: Strategy, Technology, and the Hidden History of America’s Mobile ICBMs by Steven A. Pomeroy