Prevent War: A New Strategy for America

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"General Jack Kidd led bomber formations in World War II. Today he is a champion of peace, and an advocate of peaceful settlement of outstanding issues between governments without resort to force. His instinct is sound. History shows that solutions imposed by force do not last. On the other hand even if a solution is less than perfect, if it is a negotiated settlement, it has a better chance of survival.

General Kidd believes in the use of international machinery as an additional means of negotiation. He has innovative ideas for strengthening the machinery for international negotiation and political settlement of outstanding issues between governments and peoples. I salute General Kidd as an eloquent advocate of peace."
C.V. Narasimhan
Former Under-Secretary General, United Nations for 23 years, serving three Secretary Generals

"When Douglas MacArthur addressed the US Congress upon retiring after52 years of military service, he advocated the complete abolition of war as a revolting, destructive and useless means of settling international disputes. Now another patriot, Major General Jack Kidd (USAF retired) has dared to speak out with a new strategy designed to protect America by peaceful means. He dares to challenge traditional military and political thinking with a common-sense insistence on United Nations reform and acceptance of the rule of law. This innovative and courageous book by a high-ranking insider merits careful condiseration by policy-makers and the public seeking a more humane world order."
Benjamin B. Ferencz,
Former Nuremberg Prosecutor

"...Building upon the structure and objectives of the United Nations [Gen. Kidd] defines an achievable series of steps to expand and strengthen that organization's role as world peacekeeper under rule of law. His foresight in calling for commitments to the prevention of war and investment in the means to do so is at once inspiring and persuasive."
Rear Admiral Eugene J. Carroll, Jr.
USN (Ret.), Deputy Director, Center for Defense Information

"It will be a great day when an American President is elected who would be guided by the strategy set forth by General Kidd, and an even greater day when the Congress would resolve to support the President's strategy. General Kidd sets forth a vision for the 21st Century that is rotted in reason and the Rule of Law."
David Krieger, J.D., Ph.D.
President, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

About the Author:

Jack (John B.) Kidd is a retired Air Force Major General. Beginning in 1940 he served thirty-one years in uniform, which included starting, fighting, operating, planning and ending wars.

In 1942, two years out of college, he wore Captain's bars, was a Squadron Commander of 350 men, with 12 B-17 four-engine bombers assigned. In 1943, on arrival in England, the Squadron having flown the Atlantic, he was made the Group Operations Officer of the 100th Bomb Group(Heavy), promoted to Major, then to Lt. Colonel, serving there for 16 months. Too, he led formations--to 18 targets--on one occasion leading General LeMay's entire force of 180 bombers to a target in Germany, Berlin.

After the war, he flew as an airline pilot for three years, but returned to the Air Force and was sent directly to the assignment of Chief, Flight Operations, Combined Berlin Airlift Task Force, delivering food and coal to the beleaguered Berlin population. Of his thirty-one years of service, he served in joint (Army-Navy-Air Force) organizations and activities for thirteen years, ten of them in the Pentagon on three tours.

His first four years in the Pentagon, beginning in 1952, were in the Air Staff where, initially, he developed national Pacific area contingency war plans; he sought an end to the Korean War and, also, developed the U.S. WW III War Plan during the early stages of the arms race with the Soviets. His principal function: providing the Air Force position to the Chief of Staff, in his role as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He concluded that assignment as the Chief, Joint War Plans the last year. From there, a student at the Air War College.

For three years he served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations of the Air Force Special (Nuclear) Weapons Center, performing research, development and test functions--in short he was the go-between with the Atomic Energy Commission and Air Force contractors. He flew through clouds of atomic bomb blasts at the last nuclear tests in the Pacific. Next, he served in Hq. Pacific Air Forces in Hawaii as the Deputy Planner.

Back to the Pentagon, this time in Pacific Operations in the Joint Staff, where he was engaged in starting and operating the Vietnam War; her was responsible for regular briefings of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; he also briefed Secretary McNamara and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in their "tank." He headed that office during the last year. (He discusses his views on Vietnam--and much more--in his new book Prevent War-A New Strategy for America). Next, three years at Hq. Commander in Chief, Pacific in Hawaii--where he received his first star--directing joint operations in Vietnam and throughout the Pacific Ocean area.

Again back to the Pentagon in 1966 for the third time to the surprisingly fascinating job of Director, Personnel Plans and Programs in the Air Staff, which involved testifying before several committees of Congress. There he developed the first Air Force Personnel Plan. He was the first Air Force Drug Abuse Officer. Also, he was the accountable officer for $7 billion a year, about one-third of the Air Force budget; Air Force Secretary Seamans labeled the Air Force "the largest business in the world."

In his last assignment, Chief, Military Assistance Advisory Group to Italy, he was attached to the U.S. Embassy in Rome. He retired there on January 1, 1974.

During his service he briefed or related personally with Air Force Chiefs of Staff, a Vice-President of the US, the National Security Adviser in the White House, the Director, CIA, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and participated in a conference with a future president of the United States.

In retirement, viewing the arms race with the Soviets as a lose-lose situation, he devoted a number of years to giving talks--about 75--across America and, during the height of the Cold War, three in Moscow, resulting in a book, The Strategic Cooperation Initiative or the Starlight Strategy, published in 1988. In it he proposed systematic arms reductions and the elimination of nuclear weapons, as well as cooperative endeavors.

Every member of Congress received two copies of the book, as well as the Presidential candidates. It was reported to him that President Gorbachev was given a copy of the book prior to the ending of the arms race and the dissolution of the Soviet Union; it is noteworthy that many of the initiatives in the book have been and are now being implemented, such as the START Treaties and cooperation in space.

In December, 1998 a new book, Voices From the Heart (Penguin Putnam), states on its jacket, "In Voices from the Heart today's most influential visionaries explain how we make effect meaningful changes in our personal lives and our surroundings..." I am in interesting company with Mikhail Gorbachev, the Dalai Lama, Swami Satchidananda, Desmond Tutu, Paul Hawker, Dean Ornish and many more; Kidd's piece, A Change of Heart, a microcosm of his new book.

Kidd's new book, Prevent War--A New Strategy for America.

General Kidd's decorations: two Distinguished Service Medals, Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Air Medals, two Legion of Merits, Air Force Commendation Medal, the Croix de Guerre avec Palme and other awards. A Command Pilot, he accumulated 7500 hours in the air.

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