January 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Contemporary History | U.S. Air-Atomic Strategy in the Cold War, Jan. 25

The Contemporary History Institute welcomes Retired Air Force Col. Dr. Edward Kaplan discussing “U.S. Air-Atomic Strategy in the Cold War” on Jan. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in Baker 242.

Edward Kaplan, portrait

Edward Kaplan

The Air Force, and particularly its Strategic Air Command, conceived of air-atomic war in the early decades of the Cold War, and that filtered into American culture, which then got supplanted by mutually assured destruction in the 1960s. In times where Hawaiians can wake up to (false) alarms about incoming ballistic missiles, this topic seems to have taken on renewed timeliness.

Professor Kaplan is the Director of Aerospace Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. While serving in the Air Force, and teaching at the Air Force Academy, where he had once earned his B.S. degree, he earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Calgary.

Most notably, Kaplan published To Kill Nations: American Strategy in the Air-Atomic Age and the Rise of Mutually Assured Destruction (Cornell University Press), which won him the 2015 Air Power History Best Book Award.

This event is free and open to the public.


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