Strategy for an Atomic Monopoly

  • Lawrence FreedmanEmail author
  • Jeffrey Michaels


So long as the United States enjoyed a monopoly of atomic bombs hard choices on military policy and strategy could be avoided. Security threats were manageable without the sort of effort required during the recent war. In part this also reflected a favourable geographical position. There was no danger of a direct invasion which is why traditionally there had been little interest in a large standing army for territorial defence. All potential enemies were distant and so a strong navy should keep them at bay. Airpower promised to keep any enemy’s political and economic centres at risk and now with atom bombs no great exertions in battle would be required to defeat and punish an aggressor. America could protect itself from the effects of war while still emerging victorious.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of War StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Defence StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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