The Origin of the Strategic Cruise Missile

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The Origin of the Strategic Cruise Missile

By Ronald Huisken
Praeger, 1981
202 pp.

Huisken investigates the unique development of the strategic cruise missile-unique, the author claims, because "there was no open debate at all" on the system prior to the urgent request that one be developed in the context of the SALT negotiations. (It is also unique in the fact that the cruise missile was investigated and discarded in the 1950s.) In describing the weapons acquisition process for cruise missiles, Huisken sheds much light on the political as well as technical military process.

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