Throughout the Cold War, many officials and analysts feared that nuclear warfare could not be controlled. Nuclear forces were so complex, and their leadership so vulnerable to attack, that a major confrontation might quickly collapse into random violence against civilian populations. Despite more than $1 trillion in funding, the search for satisfaction outlasted the Cold War itself. This seminar explores the historical origins of U.S. nuclear command and control in the five years after Sputnik, when the issue first attracted high-level attention.
Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.