Thunder Over The Horizon: From V-2 Rockets To Ballistic Missiles

Hardcover | February 28, 2006

byClayton K. S. Chun

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In this general history of the development of rockets and missiles, Chun traces the technology that made "attack from beyond the horizon" possible. A former missile launch officer, he focuses not only on the development and employment of the ballistic missile--from early German V-2 use to today--but on their subsequent impact on national strategies, doctrine, force structure, and politics. The development of ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads had a profound impact on superpower rivalries and structured international relations for decades. The advent of the ballistic missile changed the way nations believed war was to be fought in the future. Ballistic missiles (land based and submarine-launched) are now global in scope. Accordingly, the book covers Russia, China, North Korea, South Asia, and the Middle East. It details actual use in combat, as well as current countermeasures and future missile defense systems. The ballistic missile is still a relevant weapon system. Advancements in miniaturization, spread of technology, availability of weapons of mass destruction, desire to gain strategic advantage among rivals, and other concerns have stimulated the growth of interested parties that either have or are able to build ballistic missiles. Tracing the development and issues regarding such missiles serves as a primer on these complex systems, and explains why international parties are still concerned about their proliferation.

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In this general history of the development of rockets and missiles, Chun traces the technology that made "attack from beyond the horizon" possible. A former missile launch officer, he focuses not only on the development and employment of the ballistic missile--from early German V-2 use to today--but on their subsequent impact on nation...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:221 pages, 9.32 × 6.38 × 0.98 inPublished:February 28, 2006Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275985776

ISBN - 13:9780275985776

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"Everyone wants to know how ballistic missiles fit into America's defense. This comprehensive and brilliant primer will attract a responsive general audience. It is carefully written with full and clear explanations of the way things work."-Daniel Mortensen Chief of Research Airpower Research Institute Maxwell AFB, AL