All tagged History

Book Review: Michael H. Armacost, The Politics of Weapons Innovation: The Thor-Jupiter Controversy

Follow the link to my book review of Michael H. Armacost’s The Politics of Weapons Innovation: The Thor-Jupiter Controversy., a book about the inter-service rivalry between the Air Force and Army Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile Programs in the 1950s that matched Bernard Shriver’s Western Development Division of the Air Force (and its TRW Corporation) against the Army’s superior rocket team at Red Stone Arsenal led by Werner Von Braun (and Chrysler Motor Company), which would go on to form an essential part of NASA.

WWI Further Reading

One of our readers requested some additional source material about some of what I write about on The Further Reading list posted today will appear in our forthcoming book on Belleau Wood and in our series of publications of Rexmond Cochrane's work, but I'm posting it here for a "living version" on our website to encourage others to learn more about the most critical part of CBRN history - the beginning. 

Podcast 1 - William Sibert and the Long Journey to the Chemical Warfare Service's inaugural podcast is live on our website! Download and listen today.

Trivia Question: Who designed the Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal, was the first commander of the 1st Infantry Division "The Big Red One," and was the first commander of the US Chemical Warfare Service in World War I? 

Answer: Major General William Luther Sibert, the "Hero of Panama" and "Father of the Chemical Warfare Service."

To learn how MG Sibert accomplished all that, and got relieved of command along the way, download and listen to's inaugural podcast today!