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Thinking about America's defense: an analytical memoir

Thinking about America's defense: an analytical memoir

Kent, Glenn A., 1915-; Pirnie, Bruce, 1940-; Ochmanek, David A; Spirtas, Michael

"Lieutenant General Glenn A. Kent was a uniquely acute analyst and developer of American defense policy in the second half of the twentieth century. His 33-year career in the Air Force was followed by more than 20 years as one of the leading analysts at RAND. This volume is not a memoir in the normal sense but rather a summary of the dozens of national security issues in which Glenn was personally engaged over the course of his career. These issues included creating the single integrated operational plan (SIOP), leading DoD's official assessment of strategic defenses in the 1960s, developing and analyzing strategic nuclear arms control agreements, helping to bring new weapon systems to life, and many others. Each vignette describes the analytical frameworks and, where appropriate, the mathematical formulas and charts that Glenn developed and applied to gain insights into the issue at hand. The author also relates his roles in much of the bureaucratic pulling and hauling that occurred as issues were addressed within the government."--Publisher's website

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Published Santa Monica, Calif. : Rand 2008

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Statement of responsibility: Glenn A. Kent ; with David Ochmanek, Michael Spirtas, Bruce R. Pirnie
ISBN: 0833048627, 1282451057, 9780833044525, 9780833048622, 9781282451056
Note: "Project Air Force."
Note: "Prepared for the United States Air Force."
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Note: Print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 257 pages) : illustrations.
System: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Series: Occasional paper ; 223
Subject: POLITICAL SCIENCE Political Freedom & Security General.; United States. Air Force Officers Biography.; Military planning United States.; United States.; Strategic forces.; United States Defenses Decision making.; Military planning.; Strategic forces United States.; Generals.; Generals United States Biography.; TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING Military Science.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Political Freedom & Security International Security.; United States Military policy.; Armed Forces Officers.; TECHNOLOGY Military Science.; National security United States.; National security.; Military readiness Decision making.; Military policy.; United States. Air Force.
Restrictions: Use copy Restrictions unspecified
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.]: HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
Added Entry: RAND (Online publications)
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Cover; Preface; Contents; Figures; Tables; Boxes; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Foreword
  2. Creating Strategic Analysis: Thomas C. Schelling; Foreword
  3. Putting Analysis to Work: Harold Brown; Introduction: David Ochmanek, Bruce Pirnie, and Michael Spirtas; Chapter One
  4. The Single Integrated Operational Plan; Chapter Two
  5. Nuclear Weapons: Strategy and Arms Control; Chapter Three
  6. Analysis, Force Planning, and the Paradigm forModernizing; Chapter Four
  7. Modernizing Nuclear Forces; Chapter Five
  8. Modernizing Conventional Forces; Chapter Six
  9. Analytical Tools.