US Military Operations 1945-1985 Author:Kenneth Anderson When World War II ended ,the USA found itself in possession of the most powerful military force in the history of the world -- a truly incredible network of personnel, weaponry, ships, planes, and equipment spread across the four corners of the world. Except for the two large occupation forces in Germany and Japan, the USA quickly divested itsel... more »f of this network. The USA possessed the ultimate weapon that seemed to make wars obsolete -- the A-bomb. So, in 1945 the USA might well believe that it had seen its last military operation. What in fact ensued over the next four decades has, of course, been quite a different story.
Naturally, the two major overt conflicts that the USA has fought during these years -- the wars in Korea and Vietnam -- are dealt with in considerable detail.
But many other military operations are recounted, which were just as challenging in their way as those that required large commitments of forces. This book covers them all: the Berlin blockade, the landings in Lebanon in 1958, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the troubles in Panama, the Sinai peacekeeping force, the Iranian hostage expedition, military aid to El Salvador, and the peacekeeping force in Beirut. These are covered in full historical perspective. The commitment of troops to NATO, the round-the-clock operation readiness of Strategic Air Command and the nuclear forces, and the development of military satellites and other space systems are all examined.
While focusing on the strategies and tactics of the US military in the field, this book reveals America's military operations as having a consistency, pattern, and relevance within the broader currents of the history of these 40 years. The renewed arms race of our time can only confirm the urgency and importance of this fascinating book.« less