THE U.S. ARMY IN NATIONAL SECURITY, 1953-1963
Donald A. Carter's From New Look to Flexible Response: The U.S. Army in National Security, 1953-1963 continues the U.S. Army Center of Military History's official histories of the United States Army in the Cold War era. In this volume, Carter examines the Army's response to the atomic age as it reevaluated both its internal structures and its external priorities. He deftly illustrates the Army's struggles to define its strategic purpose in the wake of the Korean War, the institutional challenges posed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower's New Look national security policy, and the changing geopolitics of a nuclear-armed world. With the Navy and Air Force posed to take advantage of the recent rapid advancements in military technology, the Army found itself having to justify its continued relevance not only to the White House and Congress, but also to the American public. By shedding light on the less-studied aspects of Army reorganization during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations, From New Look to Flexible Response explores the key leaders and decisions that shaped the Army during this critical decade.