This book uses the 21st Century Foundations series format to re-introduce to the military community the writings of General Thomas S. Power, the third Commander-in-Chief of the Strategic Air Command (SAC). His unappreciated works contain many insights into military topics such as technology and the arms race, the nature of deterrence, and the military utility of space. Unifying all of these writings was Power's quest to maintain nuclear superiority over the Soviet Union. Although Power is considered a quintessential Cold Warrior, his ideas are timely considering today's challenges of re-energizing the morale and technology of U.S. strategic forces in the wake of foreign advances, discerning what deterrence means in the "Second Nuclear Age," and planning the future of space and cyber power.
Maj. Brent D. Ziarnick, USAF, is an assistant professor of National Security Studies at the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
Introduction: The Second Nuclear Age 1
1 Deterrence and Strategic Warfare 19
2 The Ultimate Weapon versus the ICBM in Strategic Warfare 42
3 A Strategic Commander Speaks to Congress 74
4 A Strategic Commander Speaks to Citizens 128
5 The Enduring Role of Strategic Warfare 178