THE PISTOL AND THE CLAW: New military policy for age of atom deadlock

ON the day after Hiroshima, men began speculating on a future when two or more nations would be able to blow each other up. The appalling prospect formed a rim on the horizon; imagination would not penetrate beyond it. But when horizons are closely approached they always disclose new horizons farther on.

Now the world is only a few steps (perhaps four or five years) away from absolute atomic deadlock, the point where the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. could destroy each other in all-out war, no matter which held a slight advantage and...

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