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Abstract

Strategy in the Missile Age was written during the dawn of the nuclear age, when the advent of intercontinental ballistic missiles necessitated a massive rethinking of military strategy and power. Originally published in 1959, it retains ample relevance today for its discussion of the origins of air power, its cornerstone position in the evolution of Cold War era nuclear strategy, and its treatment of preventive and preemptive attacks, deterrence, and the economics of strategy. Brodie, who believed nuclear war was “unthinkable,” thought much about the unthinkable and helped provide an intellectual framework for avoiding a nuclear catastrophe. Nearly fifty years after its initial publication, and to celebrate RAND’s 60th Anniversary, RAND is proud to bring this classic work back into print in paperback and digital formats.

Table of Contents

  • Part I

    Origins of Air Strategy

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Prologue to Air Strategy

  • Chapter Three

    The Heritage of Douhet

  • Chapter Four

    Strategic Bombing in World War II

  • Part II

    New Problems and New Approaches

  • Chapter Five

    The Advent of Nuclear Weapons

  • Chapter Six

    Is There a Defense?

  • Chapter Seven

    The Wish for Total Solutions: Preventive War, Pre-Emptive Attack, and Massive Retaliation

  • Chapter Eight

    The Anatomy of Deterrence

  • Chapter Nine

    Limited War

  • Chapter Ten

    Strategy Wears a Dollar Sign

  • Chapter Eleven

    Recapitulation and Conclusions

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