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From Hot War to ColdThe U.S. Navy and National Security Affairs, 1945–1955$
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Jeffrey G. Barlow

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804756662

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804756662.001.0001

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Preparing for a New Enemy

Preparing for a New Enemy

(p.96) Chapter 5 Preparing for a New Enemy
From Hot War to Cold
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This chapter discusses the emergence of the new enemy in the early postwar years. In the fall of 1945 the hopes of United States civilians and military leaders for a continuing period of peace were dashed by events in Europe and Asia. As the Soviet Union moved ever farther away from its wartime partnership with its Western Allies and began staking out its national interests more boldly in areas beyond its immediate military sway, the American interpretation of Soviet actions began changing from a neutral stance to a highly negative one. The Joint Chiefs of Staff started viewing the Soviet Union as a potential enemy and took actions accordingly. American war planning in the early postwar years was halting and somewhat disparate, as military staff officers tried to adjust their wartime concepts to the changing international situation and the likely effects of new weapon technologies such as the atomic bomb. Nonetheless, this planning increased in sophistication during the latter part of 1947, even though its focus shifted increasingly toward an overwhelming reliance on the employment of atomic weapons.

Keywords:   U.S. Navy, postwar years, Soviet Union, potential enemy, war planning

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