Following the war, Power served as assistant deputy commander of the task force that conducted nuclear tests at the Bikini Atoll. In 1948, he became the vice commander of SAC, serving until 1954 when he was promoted to lieutenant general and placed in command of the Air Research and Development Command. He returned to SAC as a full general and its commander in 1957, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 1964. During his SAC tenure, he directed the Joint Strategic Planning staff, which developed a coordinated Single Integrated Operations Plan for all U.S. strategic nuclear forces. Power was a strong proponent of strategic bombardment, nuclear deterrence, and massive retaliation. He was instrumental in shaping SAC's alert program and the survivable command and control system, including the airborne presidential command post known as Looking Glass. He also supported an extensive military role in space. For six years after his military retirement, he served as the chairman of the Board for the Schick Corporation. Power died at Palm Springs, California, on 6 December 1970.
Jerome V. Martin
Power, Thomas S. Design for Survival. New York: Coward-MCann, 1964.