Cold War Kansas
Oct 28, 2021 12:00 PM
Landry Brewer, Professor of History for SWOSU
Cold War Kansas

Landry Brewer is Bernhardt's Assistant Professor of History for Southwestern Oklahoma State University and teaches at the Sayre campus. Brewer is also the author of Cold War Oklahoma. He and his wife, Erin, have five children and live in Elk City.

Kansas played an outsized role in the Cold War when civilization's survival hung in the balance. Forbes Air Force Base operated nine Atlas E intercontinental ballistic missile launch sites. Schilling Air Force Base was the hub for twelve Atlas F ICBMs. McConnell Air Force Base operated eighteen Titan II ICBMs. A Kansas State University engineering professor converted a discarded Union Pacific Railroad water tank into his family's backyard fallout shelter. A United States president from Kansas faced several nuclear war scares as the Cold War moved into the thermonuclear age. Landry Brewer tells the fascinating story of the highest-level national strategy and how everyday Kansans lived with threats to their way of life.