With the end of the cold war and the decline in the fear of global nuclear confrontation, it is sometimes difficult to grasp the seriousness with which the apocalyptic scenarios of the superpower competition were debated. On no issue is this more true than the debate which raged throughout the 1970s and early 1980s over the purported vulnerability of the US force of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) to a pre-emptive disarming strike from a portion of the Soviet Union’s strategic rocket forces.
KeywordsReagan Administration Ballistic Missile Carter Administration Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Strategic Debate
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