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The Resource From MAD to madness : inside Pentagon nuclear war planning : memoir, by Paul H. Johnstone : introduction and commentary by Diana Johnstone

From MAD to madness : inside Pentagon nuclear war planning : memoir, by Paul H. Johnstone : introduction and commentary by Diana Johnstone

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From MAD to madness : inside Pentagon nuclear war planning : memoir
Title
From MAD to madness
Title remainder
inside Pentagon nuclear war planning : memoir
Statement of responsibility
by Paul H. Johnstone : introduction and commentary by Diana Johnstone
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  • Inside Pentagon nuclear war planning, a memoir
  • Inside Pentagon nuclear war planning : memoir
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Language
eng
Summary
"This deathbed memoir by Dr. Paul H. Johnstone, former senior analyst in the Strategic Weapons Evaluation Group (WSEG) in the Pentagon and a co-author of The Pentagon Papers, provides an authoritative analysis of the implications of nuclear war that remain insurmountable today. Indeed, such research has been kept largely secret, with the intention "not to alarm the public" about what was being cooked up. This is the story of how U.S. strategic planners in the 1950s and 1960s worked their way to the conclusion that nuclear war was unthinkable. It drives home these key understandings: - That whichever way you look at it -- and this book shows the many ways analysts tried to skirt the problem -- nuclear war means mutual destruction - That Pentagon planners could accept the possibility of totally destroying another nation, while taking massive destructive losses ourselves, and still conclude that "we would prevail"--That the supposedly "scientific answers" provided to a wide range of unanswerable questions are of highly dubious standing. - That official spheres neglect anything near a comparable effort to understand the "enemy" point of view, rather than to annihilate him, or to use such understanding to make peace. Dr. Johnstone's memoirs of twenty years in the Pentagon tell that story succinctly, coolly and objectively. While remaining highly secret - so much so that Dr. Johnstone himself was denied access to what he had written - these studies had a major impact on official policy. They contributed to a shift from the notion that the United States could inflict "massive retaliation" on its Soviet enemy to recognition that a nuclear exchange would bring about Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD). The alarming truth today is that these lessons seem to have been forgotten."--Provided by publisher
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contains biographical information
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DLC
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1903-1981
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Johnstone, Paul H.
Dewey number
355.02/170973
Index
no index present
LC call number
UA23
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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1934-
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Johnstone, Diana
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  • United States
  • Johnstone, Paul H.
  • Nuclear warfare
  • Military planning
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Strategic forces
  • Deterrence (Strategy)
  • United States
  • United States
  • Cold War
  • Johnstone, Paul H.
  • United States
  • HISTORY
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING
  • Deterrence (Strategy)
  • Employees
  • Military planning
  • Military policy
  • Nuclear warfare
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Strategic forces
  • United States
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From MAD to madness : inside Pentagon nuclear war planning : memoir, by Paul H. Johnstone : introduction and commentary by Diana Johnstone
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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text
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Contents
Introduction / by Diana Johnstone -- Part 1. The spirit of the times -- The fog of war planning -- Memoirs of a humanist in the Pentagon / by Paul H. Johnstone -- Foreword: what this is all about -- The world of target planning -- Air targets intelligence -- Air targets doctrine -- Economic war potential doctrine applied to occupation policies -- Some problems and methods -- Playing games with nuclear war -- The Cold War atmosphere -- Games and bonuses -- The rise of fear -- Part 2. Imagining doomsday -- The fallout study -- The "humane alternative" -- The civilian morale study -- The strategic weapons study -- The tenor of the times -- The command and control dilemma -- Exploring "implications" -- Part 3. The critical incident studies -- The Laos crisis -- The Berlin Crisis -- Postface: Doomsday postponed / by Diana Johnstone
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973222720
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1 online resource
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online
Isbn
9780997896534
Lccn
2017008142
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • n
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remote
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(OCoLC)973222720
Label
From MAD to madness : inside Pentagon nuclear war planning : memoir, by Paul H. Johnstone : introduction and commentary by Diana Johnstone
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction / by Diana Johnstone -- Part 1. The spirit of the times -- The fog of war planning -- Memoirs of a humanist in the Pentagon / by Paul H. Johnstone -- Foreword: what this is all about -- The world of target planning -- Air targets intelligence -- Air targets doctrine -- Economic war potential doctrine applied to occupation policies -- Some problems and methods -- Playing games with nuclear war -- The Cold War atmosphere -- Games and bonuses -- The rise of fear -- Part 2. Imagining doomsday -- The fallout study -- The "humane alternative" -- The civilian morale study -- The strategic weapons study -- The tenor of the times -- The command and control dilemma -- Exploring "implications" -- Part 3. The critical incident studies -- The Laos crisis -- The Berlin Crisis -- Postface: Doomsday postponed / by Diana Johnstone
Control code
973222720
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780997896534
Lccn
2017008142
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)973222720

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