A Proceedings Magazine 2010 Notable Naval Book
In 1960 there were some 3,500 strategic nuclear weapons in the United States, and by the mid-1970s there were more than 10,000. This book, written by a member of the U.S. nuclear weapons force, gives an account of that buildup and the efforts taken to keep the stockpile under control. Jerry Miller highlights the strategies, targeting and attack plans, and arms control measures associated with the bomb. He addresses the role of the military in establishing requirements and the role of scientists in meeting those requirements and identifies the weapons' strengths and weaknesses and their significance for the future. A final chapter reviews threat scenarios and suggests actions to bring the nuclear force into line.
Vice Adm. Jerry Miller, USN (Ret.), was a nuclear weapons delivery pilot and a nuclear plans monitor who helped prepare the National Strategic Target List and Single Integrated Operational Plan for waging nuclear war. Following retirement, he participated in arms control meetings with the Soviets. He passsed away in 2014.
Praise for Stockpile
“As an eyewitness account of the decisions and of the decision makers, this book will be indispensible for anyone doing advanced research on the subject.”
— Parameters, Autumn 2011
"Stockpile, a well-informed memoir by retired U.S. Navy Admiral Jerry Miller, exposes one of the most secretive issues in defence affairs, nuclear targeting, providing insight into the mindset of American targeters during the Cold War."
—Survival, August/September 2011