Posted by: Patrick Allen Foster | May 21, 2014

On Nuclear Weapons and Interservice Rivalry

I’ve recently been reading Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World, by Evan Thomas. The following bit on the development of “tactical” nuclear weapons made me laugh (p. 99):

In 1952, the air force commissioned Project Vista (named after a California hotel where the sensitive work was done), which recommended a range of small nuclear weapons that could be used on the battlefield — smaller atomic bombs and all manner of atomic artillery shells, mines, torpedoes, and antiaircraft missiles. The first of these, a large atomic cannon with a 15-kiloton shell (15,000 tons of TNT, roughly the size of the bomb used on Hiroshima), was tested in May 1953. In true Pentagon tradition, the Strategic Air Command, which coveted a nuclear monopoly, realized that most of these new tactical nuclear weapons would be controlled by the army and navy, and tried to recall every copy of the Project Vista report.



  1. Reblogged this on jkmhoffman.

  2. Sooooo typical. Farley @ LGM needs to see this.

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