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Encyclopedia > Bernard Brodie

Bernard Brodie (1910-1978) was an American military strategist well-known for establishing the basics of nuclear strategy. Known as "the American Clausewitz," he was an initial architect of nuclear deterrence strategy and tried to ascertain the role and value of nuclear weapons after their creation.-1... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... Nuclear strategy involves the development of doctrines and strategies for the production and use of nuclear weapons. ... A young Clausewitz Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz (June 1, 1780 - November 16, 1831) was a Prussian general and influential military theorist. ... Mutual assured destruction (MAD) is the doctrine of military strategy in which a full scale use of nuclear weapons by one of two opposing sides would result in the destruction of both the attacker and the defender. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 1945, rose some 18 km (11 mi) above the epicenter. ...


Initially a theorist about naval power, Brodie shifted his focus to nuclear strategy after the creation of the nuclear bomb. His most important work, written in 1949, was entitled "The Absolute Weapon: Atomic Power and World Order'', which laid down the fundamentals of nuclear deterrance strategy. He saw the usefulness of the atomic bomb was not in its deployment but in the threat of its deployment. In a now famous passage he said "Thus far the chief purpose of our military establishment has been to win wars. From now on its chief purose must e to avert them. It can have almost no other useful purpose." In the early fifties, he shifted out of academia and began work at the Rand Corporation where a stable of important strategists, Herman Kahn and others, developed the rudiments of nuclear strategy and warfighting theory. Nuclear strategy involves the development of doctrines and strategies for the production and use of nuclear weapons. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945 lifted nuclear fallout some 18 km (60,000 feet) above the epicenter. ... Alternate meanings: See RAND (disambiguation) The RAND Corporation is an American think tank first formed to offer research and analysis to the U.S. military. ... Herman Kahn Herman Kahn (February 15, 1922-July 7, 1983) was a military strategist and systems theorist employed at RAND Corporation, USA. // Background Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, Kahn grew up in the Bronx, then in Los Angeles following his parents divorce. ...

His wife Fawn McKay Brodie was a well-known biographer of Richard Nixon, Joseph Smith, Thomas Jefferson and others. Fawn McKay Brodie (September 15, 1915 – January 10, 1981) was a teacher and biographer. ... Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... Joseph Smith, Jr. ... Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 N.S. – July 4, 1826) was the third President of the United States (1801–1809), principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and one of the most influential founders of the United States. ...


  • Sea Power in the Machine Age, (1943)
  • The Absolute Weapon, ed., (1946)
  • The Absolute Weapon: Atomic Power and World Order (1946)
  • Strategy in the Missile Age (1959)
  • War and Politics (1973)

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Fawn M. Brodie (544 words)
Fawn Brodie was born in Ogden, Utah and her uncle David O. McKay was to later become the 9th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Brodie was so anti-Mormon in her own intellectual orientation that she succumbed to the temptation to bring nineteenth century literature of Mormon countersubversion uncritically and in large doses into her own work.
Brodies did not have a perfect right to hold such a belief herself, but it is an attitude which is destined to distort any religious figure--to reduce him to the level of comedy or of pathetic self-delusion.
The Legend and Legacy of Fawn Brodie - FARMS Review (17225 words)
The other aspects of Brodie's career are merely accessories to (and the occasion for) the story he strives to tell about her struggle to free herself from bondage to what she pictured as a dreadfully constraining, parochial Mormon environment.
Brodie granted that "Durham is no fool." But she complained that he "is either shamefully ignorant of the whole field of American Indian anthropology and archaeology and ethnology, or else has blockaded himself behind a lot of emotional barriers."
Brodie was also aware of Hugh Nibley's various criticisms of her work (and also of his subsequent defense of the historical authenticity of the Book of Mormon).
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