John A. Pierce

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Abstract: Once upon a time the military forces of a great industrial nation discovered that the security of that commonwealth depended upon the development of a missile having a range of 10,800 nautical miles. The high command gave, of course, a carefully-reasoned explanation of the military requirement for such a device. It was intended purely for defensive purposes; hence it was obvious that the missile had to be guided or navigated with the very greatest accuracy so that nuclear warheads of minimum yield might be effective. There were, naturally, in that nation certain scoffers who felt that the concurrent development of ever larger and larger thermo-nuclear devices was more than coincidence. For some time these gentlemen of the opposition made it difficult to get the necessary funds appropriated, but fortunately ways were foundz to convince the parliament of that nation that nothing since the invention of gunpowder had given such a clear and certain guarantee of a just and lasting peace. The project was accordingly authorized and funded.
Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 5, Number 7
Pages: 327 - 330
Cite this article: Pierce, John A., "THE RISE OF PSEUDO-NAVIGATION", NAVIGATION: Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 5, No. 7, 1957, pp. 327-330.
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