The Shaping of Nuclear Weapon System Technology: US Fleet Ballistic Missile Guidance and Navigation: I: From Polaris to Poseidon

@article{Mackenzie1988TheSO,
  title={The Shaping of Nuclear Weapon System Technology: US Fleet Ballistic Missile Guidance and Navigation: I: From Polaris to Poseidon},
  author={D. Mackenzie and Graham Spinardi},
  journal={Social Studies of Science},
  year={1988},
  volume={18},
  pages={419 - 463}
}
  • D. Mackenzie, Graham Spinardi
  • Published 1988
  • Engineering
  • Social Studies of Science
  • This paper (published in two Parts) presents a detailed historical case study of the evolution of the Polaris, Poseidon and Trident weapons programmes, and of the development of the guidance and navigation technologies which are essential to their role in nuclear strategies. Over the last thirty years, these technologies have changed in the direction of greatly increased missile accuracy. Simultaneously, the strategic rationale of these weapons has shifted from that of ultimate retaliatory… CONTINUE READING
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