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The Diffusion of Military Power by Michael C. Horowitz

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Chapter 4

THE NUCLEAR REVOLUTION

AT AN ARMISTICE DAY ceremony on November 11, 1948, during an address as part of the events, General Omar Bradley stated that “ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.” What did he mean? He was likely referring to the tremendous, and not completely understood, destructive capacity of the atomic bomb, and what it meant for the moral and ethical dilemmas common to warfare. For leaders who came of age in World War II, where authorizing an air strike meant sending hundreds of planes to drop tens of thousands of bombs, the idea that one plane carrying one bomb could deliver a destructive blow equivalent to literally thousands of conventional bombs was revolutionary.1 Scientists, officers, and strategists—including ...

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