Powder and Propellants
Powder and Propellants is the story of the U.S. Navy’s premier
facility for research, development, testing, and evaluation of
“energetic materials,” the chemical compounds used in gun and rocket
propellants as well as in aircraft cockpit ejection seats. Initially
charged to improve the penetrating power of warheads against steel
armor, Indian Head became the proving grounds for testing guns,
propellant powder, shells, mounts, and armor, notably the manufacture
and testing of Jet Assist Takeoff (JATO), Zuni, Talos, and Polaris
rockets and missiles.
First published in 1990 as a private publication for the Navy, Powder
and Propellants is now available again as a revised and expanded second
edition, with a new chapter on the institution’s last decade. Those
interested in military history, technology, and government institutional
history will find this book invaluable.
“A sound piece of historical scholarship… It very ably ties the story
of the institution to what was happening in the navy as a whole during
this time.” —Public Historian
Revised and updated.