Bracing for Armageddon: Why Civil Defense Never Worked by Dee Garrison

By Dee Garrison

In Bracing for Armageddon, Dee Garrison pulls again the curtain at the U.S. government's civil safety plans from global conflict II throughout the finish of the chilly battle. in line with executive records, peace organisations, own papers, clinical studies, oral histories, newspapers, and renowned media, her ebook chronicles the operations of many of the federal and nation civil safety courses from 1945 to modern problems with place of birth protection, in addition to the origins and improvement of the big public protest opposed to civil security from 1955 during the Nineteen Eighties. At a time of accelerating preoccupation over nationwide safety concerns, Bracing for Armageddon sheds gentle at the turning out to be mistrust among the U.S. executive and its topics in postwar the US.

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The most ambitious efforts came from the newly created Office of Civil Defense Planning within the newly renamed Defense Department; long called the War Department, the renaming is one of the earliest examples of Cold War doublespeak. Civil defense planners called for a new federal agency to guide the work of a prospective 15 million volunteers and employees. 5 Appalled by the huge expense of such a program, President Truman buried civil defense planning in a small office within the National Security Resources Board.

The synergistic effect of an exchange of multimegaton hydrogen weapons is outside human experience and beyond human imagination. The creation of the hydrogen bomb changed everything about the process of human violence called war. To understand the effect of a hydrogen bomb is to recognize that if the planet and life as we know it are to survive, a fullscale nuclear war cannot be waged. There is no victory possible in nuclear war, only mutual suicide or, at the least, mutual levels of intolerable destruction.

If nuclear war broke out, large cities and industrial areas were the prime targets. Protection for the soon-to-be-vaporized urban core was too expensive or logistically futile to provide. Hence, evacuation was quickly judged impossible by most, especially after the effects of hydrogen bomb warfare became better understood. The third alternative, bomb shelters, frequently emerged among civil defense leaders as the most popular option. This policy elicited less ridicule than the dispersal and evacuation/relocation options.

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