Inside the Cold War: A Cold Warrior's Reflections by Chris Adams

By Chris Adams

Basic Adams displays on his reviews within the chilly conflict, in which he served in either manned bombers and missile silos. He tells tales of recognized and not-so-famous chilly warriors, together with a few from the united states army. a few tales are funny; a few tales are tragic. Having traveled commonly in Russia and a few former Soviet Union states after retirement, basic Adams tells us approximately his former adversaries, the Soviet chilly warriors. within the method, he leaves doubtless approximately his admire for all who served so valiantly within the ''strategic triad''-- the strategic command, the ICBM strength, and the submarine army

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SAC celebrated the success of the program by staging a long-range navigation and bombing mission that extended from taking off at Carswell through dropping a 10,000-pound “dummy” bomb in the Pacific Ocean near the Hawaiian Islands a n d r e t u r n i n g to Carswell. The unrefueled mission covered 8,100 miles in 35½ hours. The mission was, in a way, a “LeMay triumph” in that the bomber made an approach over Honolulu undetected by the local air defense system—on 7 December 1948! Early in 1949, another B-36 crew set a long-distance record of 9,600 miles.

So, the “twice passed over” captain whom the Navy wanted to retire and “move out of the way” became a four-star admiral. Admiral Rickover saw his promotions only as a means to facilitate his work. A nonconformist throughout his service, he appeared at times to go out of his way to demonstrate the same. He openly criticized the Navy’s senior military leadership, including Adm James L. Holloway, whom he had selected as a nuclear-Navy candidate early in his career and whose father had helped Rickover’s own career.

Interviews were “cat and mouse” games, with Captain Rickover looming like a large tiger over the small mice that were sent to him as candidates to work in his program. He threw temper tantrums, cursed at what he considered wrong answers to questions (which were often a m b i g u o u s ) , a n d g e n e r a l l y intimidated officers and civilians alike. But, surprising to Rickover’s critics, candidates kept coming—and those who were finally selected to work on the program became Rickover disciples.

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