Targeting China: U.S. Nuclear Planning and Massive Retaliation in East Asia, 19531955

  title={Targeting China: U.S. Nuclear Planning and Massive Retaliation in East Asia, 19531955},
  author={Matthew D. Jones},
  journal={Journal of Cold War Studies},
  • Matthew D. Jones
  • Published 10 October 2008
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Cold War Studies
This article assesses how the U.S. National Security Council, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Strategic Air Command (SAC)devised highly classified plans for nuclear war against the People's Republic of China (PRC) in the period after the July 1953 Korean armistice. The Eisenhower administration was seeking to rely more heavily on nuclear weapons in East Asia. Important differences of opinion emerged during intra- and interagency debates on the matter. The Air Force's preference for nuclear… 
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