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Minuteman missile, first stage thrusters. ROBERT LYON

History of Minuteman Missile Sites



Brands, H.W., Jr. Cold Warriors. New York: Columbia University Press, 1988.

Diggins, John Patrick. The Proud Decades: America in War and Peace, 1941-1960. New York: W .W. Norton, 1989.

Jensen, Kenneth M. Origins of the Cold War: The Novikov, Kerman, and Roberts "Long Telegrams " of 1946. Washington, D. C. : United States Institute of Peace, 1991.

Kaplan, Fred. Wizards of Armageddon. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1991.

National Park Service. The Missile Plains: Frontline of America's Cold War — Historic Resource Study, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, South Dakota. 2003.

Neal, Roy. Ace in the Hole. Garden City, NY Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1962.

Neufeld, Jacob. The Development of Ballistic Missiles in the United States Air Force, 1945-1960. Washington, D.C.: Office of Air Force History, 1990.

Perry, Robert L. "The Atlas, Thor, Titan, and Minuteman. " In The History of Rocket Technology, edited by Eugene M. Emme. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1964.

Prados, John. The Soviet Estimate. New York: Dial Press, 1982.

Pursell, Carroll W., Jr., ed. Readings in Technology and American Life. New York: Oxford University Press, 1969.

SAC Missile Chronology, 1939-1982. Offutt AFB, NE: Office of the Historian, HQ Strategic Air Command, 1983.

Schwiebert, Ernest G. A History of the U. S. Air Force Ballistic Missiles. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1965.


"Closing The Gap." Time 77 (10 February 1961): 16-17.

"End of the Cold War." The CQ Researcher 2 (21 August 1992): 721.

Griswold, Wesley S. "Minuteman, Our Ace in the Hole." Popular Science 179 (July 1961): 62-65, 184.

"Home of the Minuteman." Time 75 (25 January 1960): 48-49.

Kennan, George. "The Sources of Soviet Conduct." Foreign Affairs 25 (July 1947): 566-582.

Licklider, Roy. "The Missile Gap Controversy." Political Science Quarterly 85 (December 1979): 600-15.

Miller, Barry. "ICBMs Get Major Modification." Aviation Week and Space Technology 104 (10 May 1976): 67-70.

"Minuteman II Emplacement Cost to Top $1 Billion." Missiles and Rockets 16 (24 May, 1965): 12.

Plattner, C. M. "Fast SAC Crews Controlling Minuteman." Aviation Week and Space Technology 78 (7 January 1963): 62-63, 65.

"Soviet Satellite Sends U.S. in Tizzy." Life 43 (October 14, 1957): 34-37

Stolley, Richard B. "How It Feels to Hold the Nuclear Trigger." Life 57 (6 November 1957): 34-41.

Stone, Irving. "Companies Vie for Minuteman Contract." Aviation Week 68 (17 March 1958): 18-19.

Taylor, Hal. "McNamara Voices Some Optimism over Nike-X, Tells Minuteman Plans." Missiles and Rockets 14 (3 February 1964): 20-21.


New York Times, various years.

Rapid City Daily Journal, various years.

Wall Street Journal, various years.


Binder, Michael S. Historic American Engineering Record (draft), Minuteman II ICBM, Ellsworth AFB, Launch Control Facility D-1, and Launch Facility D-9. 1993. On file at the National Park Service, Rocky Mountain Region.

Lauber, John F Minuteman ICBM National Historic Landmark nomination form. 1994. On file at the National Park Service, Rocky Mountain Region.

Lauber, John F. and Jeffrey A. Hess. Historic American Engineering Record, Glenn L. Martin Company, Titan Missile Test Facilities. 1993. HAER Number CO-75.

Reed, George A. "U.S. Defense Policy, U.S. Air Force Doctrine and Strategic Nuclear Weapon Systems, 1958-1964: The Case of the Minuteman ICBM." Ph.D. dissertation. Durham, NC: Duke University, 1986.


Bowen, Mark (Lieutenant). Minuteman launch crew training specialist. Interviewed by John F. Lauber, 5 November 1993, Ellsworth AFB.

Hockaday, David (Lt. Col.). Commander, 44th Operations Support Squadron, Ellsworth AFB. Phone interview by John Lauber, 17 December 1993.

Pavek, Tim. Missile engineer with the 28 Civil Engineering Squadron, Ellsworth AFB. Interviewed by John F Lauber on 5 and 12 November 1993, Ellsworth AFB. Telephone interview by John Lauber, 28 February 1994.

Schriever, Bernard A. (General). Former commander of Western Development Division. Interviewed by Maj. Lyn R. Officer and Dr. James C. Hasdorff, 20 June 1973, Washington, D.C. Transcript in collection of USAF Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB, AL. File K239.0512-783.


Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB, AL. Miscellaneous records pertaining to the American ICBM program.

Ballistic Missile Organization History Office, Norton AFB, San Bernardino, CA. Miscellaneous records pertaining to the ICBM program in general and to the Minuteman program in particular.

28 Civil Engineering Squadron, Ellsworth AFB. Architectural and engineering drawings, blueprints and site plans of Minuteman facilities at Ellsworth. Original real estate records, construction completion reports, and other miscellaneous documents relating to the Minuteman deployment at Ellsworth AFB.

44th Missile Wing History Office, Ellsworth AFB. Unit histories and other records relating to the Minuteman activities at Ellsworth AFB.


Introduction | Parkland Criteria | Minuteman History | Site Description | Bibliography

Source: Minuteman Missile Sites: Special Resource Study, 1995.