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From Polaris to Trident: The Development of US Fleet Ballistic Missile Technology - Cambridge Studies in International Relations (Paperback)
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From Polaris to Trident: The Development of US Fleet Ballistic Missile Technology - Cambridge Studies in International Relations (Paperback)

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Paperback 268 Pages / Published: 21/01/2008
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This book provides a complete history of the US Fleet Ballistic Missile programme from its inception in the 1950s and the development of Polaris to the deployment of Trident II in 1990. Writing in an accessible yet scholarly manner, Graham Spinardi bases his historical documentation of FBM development on interviews with many of the key participants. His study confronts a central issue: is technology simply a tool used to achieve the goals of society, or is it an autonomous force in shaping that society? FBM accuracy evolved from the city-busting retaliatory capability of Polaris to the silo-busting 'first strike' potential of Trident. Is this a case of technology 'driving' the arms race, or simply the intended product of political decisions? The book provides a comprehensive survey of the literature looking at the role of technology in the arms race, and seeks to explain technological development using a 'sociology of technology' approach.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521054010
Number of pages: 268
Weight: 415 g
Dimensions: 228 x 151 x 15 mm


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'... it is an intriguing account of the political background, aims and technology of the fleet ballistic missile system ... [It] is clear and anyone interested in ballistic missile politics and technology will find it fascinating.' Journal of Naval Engineering
'It is quite simply, the most carefully researched, scholarly and objective account I have read on the FBM program.' Rear Admiral Robert H. Wertheim
'Since World War II the western world has become adept at designing and managing extremely large and complex technological projects that greatly influence the course of contemporary history. Graham Spinardi's history of the Fleet Ballistic Missile Project provides a pioneering, detailed and engaging history of creativity massively organized.' Tom Hughes, University of Pennsylvania
"Spinardi's book stands as a potent warning against the common tendency to assume that arguments about what is 'technically possible' or 'politically possible' always represent objective truths, rather than constructions that serve someone's interest." Scott D. Sagan, American Political Science Review

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