Strategic Bombing, the Nuclear Revolution, and City Busting

On June 11, 2013, NPEC's executive director gave this presentation to a group of graduate students and interns at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC. Videos and a slideshow from the event can be found below.

Jun 11, 2013
AUTHOR: Henry Sokolski

NPEC executive director Henry Sokolski gave a presentation titled "Strategic Bombing, the Nuclear Revolution, and City Busting" before a group of graduate students and interns at the Institute of World Politics. He first traced the origins of city busting in modern warfare to General Sherman's "March to the Sea" during the Civil War through the World Wars and finally to nuclear weapons targeting during the Cold War. He then discussed whether targeting of cities with nuclear weapons is justified today given the advent of precision guided conventional weapons in the latter half of the Cold War. 

For more information, see IWP's webpage for the event here.

 

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

PowerPoint Presentation Slides