By Robert Zarate
Pioneers of nuclear-age coverage research, Albert Wohlstetter (1913-1997) and Roberta Wohlstetter (1912-2007) emerged as of America's such a lot consequential, leading edge and debatable strategists. during the readability in their pondering, the rigor in their learn, and the endurance in their personalities, they have been in a position to form the perspectives and reduction the selections of Democratic and Republican coverage makers either in the course of and after the chilly battle. even supposing the Wohlstetters' strategic techniques and analytical tools remain hugely influential, no publication has introduced jointly their most vital released and unpublished essays--until now.
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I. In addition, he showed that it was possible to design structures of even greater blast resistance. 61 To take another example, in the late 1950s RAND political scientist Fred C. Ikle, psychiatrist Gerald Aronson, and statistician Albert Madansky developed the concept of what would later come to be known as Permissive Action Links (PALs), with the aim of preventing the accidental or unauthorized use of nuclear weapons. In brief, PALs require not only the installation of coded safety locks on nuclear weapons and missiles, but also the positive assent of two people to carry out and execute sensitive nuclear operations.
Strategic thought. His own journey to RAND would be a circuitous one, however. Given his undergraduate and graduate education in mathematical logic, and his later work in manufacturing as well as prefabricated housing, it may seem perhaps incongruous — even surprising — that he would spend his remaining 46 years immersed in questions of nuclear-age strategy and morality. Yet Wohlstetter would import lessons and insights from earlier disparate experiences into his defense-oriented research at RAND, and thereby shape his own unique approach to the analysis and design of strategic policy.
In particular, when recent books and articles on "neocon-servativism" in the 21st century have discussed Albert (who never identified himself as a "neoconservative," nor was ever labeled one by the secondary literature before 2001 or 2002 16 ), the authors of these accounts typically have neither read carefully nor analyzed closely his works. " In turn, these books and articles, and those who read them, frequently are drawing distorted and ahistorical conclusions about Wohlstetter and his work.