Prize Essay, 1949
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A belief that is fast becoming the central core of our national defense thinking X A. appears consistently in many of our national forums; namely, that the atom bomb is a miraculous panacea for all of our military ills. For example, a recent article, based on an interview with General George C. Kenney, then head of the Strategic Air Command, states that “ . . . today, strategic bombing authorities are concerned with only one bomb load—the atom bomb.” However great and awe-inspiring the power of the A-bomb, it is but simple common sense to attempt an evaluation before we accept it as the main shot in our weapons locker. This is particularly important in view of the above- expressed tendency to rely completely and solely on this weapon to preserve our national security. Are we jeopardizing the safety of our nation by such complete reliance?