STRIKE COMMAND by Frank Harvey


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This gung-ho military book by a regular aviation writer has much information about our capability to engage in limited or bush wars. The U.S. Strike Command, composed jointly of the Tactical Air Command and the Strategic Army Corps of airborne troops is a ready force which can be sent anywhere in the world in a matter of hours. The job of Strike Command contrasts with that of the Strategic Air Command, whose responsibility is to deliver an all-out nuclear retaliation, if necessary. This book is mostly devoted to the air force component of Strike Command, the TAC, which for a long time was step-sister to the Strategic Air Command in the period when our foreign policy was based on the principle of massive retaliation. Now, in line with the Kennedy Administration's policy to have an alternative between nuclear disaster and surrender, the TAC has been upgraded, given superior equipment and a tough new chief who has applied SAC's managerial methods. The thorough discussion of the capabilities of the force, its manpower, aircraft, weaponry, communications, reconnaisance, and logistical problems should make interesting reading for military buffs and Russian generals.

Pub Date: Oct. 5th, 1962
ISBN: 1163814830
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce