The Army's Nuclear Power Program: The Evolution of a Support Agency

Hardcover | August 1, 1990

byLawrence H. Suid

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On August 6 and August 9, 1945, the world became aware of the destructiveness of nuclear energy when the U.S. Army Air Corps dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Even before the bombs were detonated, though, President Harry Truman had directed his thoughts toward non-military uses of the atom, recognizing that the atomic bomb had given man a new understanding of the forces of nature. This book examines the history and development of nuclear power from the perspective of the U.S. Army's nuclear power program, telling its story from the creation of the Office of Research and Development through the program's days of growth, and on to its eventual decline. This history examines the development of the United States Army's nuclear power program from its inception, through the development and operation of six small nuclear power plants throughout the Western Hemisphere, to its evolution into a military support agency. The Manhattan Project District Engineer, General Kenneth Nichols, who generated the idea for the program, worked for the development of atomic energy for peaceful purposes. From the initial plans to develop nuclear power plants at remote bases, the book traces the path the Army took in getting its proposals approved by the Atomic Energy Commission, formally organizing the nuclear program, and building a prototype of a nuclear power plant. Separate chapters are devoted to Fort Greely, the nuclear program at the height of its success and accomplishment, and its subsequent decline and transitional period. With its list of suggestions for further reading and a comprehensive index, this volume will be a valuable resource for courses in military history, energy issues, andthe development of atomic power. It will also represent an important addition to college, university, and public libraries.

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On August 6 and August 9, 1945, the world became aware of the destructiveness of nuclear energy when the U.S. Army Air Corps dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Even before the bombs were detonated, though, President Harry Truman had directed his thoughts toward non-military uses of the atom, recognizing that the atomic bom...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:136 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:August 1, 1990Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313272263

ISBN - 13:9780313272264

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?. . . Suid provides a step-by-step analysis of the feasibility of developing nuclear power and the acquisition of technology needed to generate electricity from the atom, explaining that President Harry S. Truman envisioned atomic energy as a supplement to power derived from coal, oil, and falling water. It was Truman's desire to control the production and use of atomic energy within the United States. He also asked Congress to establish a commission to determine how atomic power could be used to influence world peace. Suid then examines the history and development of nuclear power from the perspective of the Army's Nuclear Power Program. He takes the reader from the inception of the program through its growth to its eventual decline. . . .?-The Friday Review of Defense Literature