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1 The Cold War Unfolds Chapter 15 Section 1

2 Superpowers After WWII, the USA and the USSR emerged as superpowers – nations stronger than other powerful nations Each created a military alliance made up of nations they protected or occupied The USA helped form the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), comprised of W. European allies versus

3 Warsaw Pact Iron Curtain
USSR signed the Warsaw Pact with E. European countries The imaginary line between the democratic west and the communist East was called the Iron Curtain The Soviet Union crushed any revolts that challenged its supremacy in Eastern Europe

4 Iron Curtain

5 Arms Race Superpowers engaged in weapons race
Both sides developed nuclear weapons To reduce the threat of war, the two sides held disarmament talks One agreement was intended to limit the use of anti-ballistic missiles (ABMs) ABMs were used to shoot down missiles launched by hostile nations

6 Anti-Ballistic Missile

7 Nuclear Missiles

8 Trident Nuclear Missile Launch

9 The MIRVed U.S. Peacekeeper missile, with the re-entry vehicles highlighted in red

10 A multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV) is a collection of nuclear weapons carried on a single intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) or a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). Using a MIRV warhead, a single launched missile can strike several targets, or fewer targets redundantly. By contrast a unitary warhead is a single warhead on a single missile. Minuteman III MIRV launch sequence: 1. The missile launches out of its silo by firing its first stage boost motor (A). 2. About 60 seconds after launch, the 1st stage drops off and the second stage motor (B) ignites. The missile shroud is ejected. 3. About 120 seconds after launch, the third stage motor (C) ignites and separates from the 2nd stage. 4. About 180 seconds after launch, third stage thrust terminates and the Post-Boost Vehicle (D) separates from the rocket. 5. The Post-Boost Vehicle maneuvers itself and prepares for re-entry vehicle (RV) deployment. 6. The RVs, as well as decoys and chaff, are deployed during backaway. 7. The RVs and chaff re-enter the atmosphere at high speeds and are armed in flight. 8. The nuclear warheads detonate, either as air bursts or ground bursts.

11 Anti-Ballistic Missiles
ABMs were considered a threat because they could give one side more protection, which might encourage it to attack During the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan proposed a missile defense program called “Star Wars” Other agreements limited the number of nuclear weapons that nations could maintain, which eased Cold War tensions

12 Anti-Ballistic Missiles
The easing of tensions was called the era of détente Détente is a relaxing of Cold War tensions during the 1970s Both superpowers were talking more with less direct hostile threats Détente ended, however, when the USSR invaded Afghanistan in 1979



15 An artist's rendering of an X-ray laser hit an incoming missile

16 President Ronald Reagan

17 Cuba and Fidel Castro During the 1950s, Fidel Castro led a revolution in Cuba and became the Cuban leader To bring down Cuba’s communist regime, U.S. President John F. Kennedy supported a CIA-backed invasion of Cuba (Bay of Pigs)(1961), but the invasion failed One year later, the Soviets shipped nuclear missiles to Cuba causing fear of a nuclear war

18 Video – Cuban Missile Crisis
Watch this video!

19 Proximity of Cuba to the United States—90 miles

20 Fidel Castro – Dictator of Cuba

21 Bay of Pigs (Bahía de Cochinos)

22 President John F. Kennedy


24 Photos of Cuban Missile Sites Taken from U-2 Spyplane

25 Cuba and Fidel Castro The world was on the brink of a nuclear war for thirteen days The U.S. navy blockaded Cuba with warships Finally, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev agreed to remove the missiles The USA agreed to remove Jupiter nuclear missiles from Turkey

26 Nikita Khrushchev

27 Jupiter Missiles in Turkey

28 Spreading Communism USSR wanted to spread communist ideology around the world When Khrushchev came to power, he eased censorship and increase tolerance However, repression returned under Leonid Brezhnev, the next Soviet leader American leaders pursued a policy of containment This was a strategy of keeping communism from spreading to other nations (to “contain” it)

29 Leonid Brezhnev

30 Red Scare A “Red Scare” in the USA resulted in Senator Joseph McCarthy leading an internal hunt for communists in the government and military The House (of Representatives) Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) also sought out communist sympathizers People suspected of being communists were called to testify before a congressional committee as to their alleged activities in government, society, business, etc.

31 Powerpoint Questions (13 points)
1. What were the United States and the Soviet Union called? 2 The two opposing military alliances were called ??? and ??? (2 points) 3. An imaginary line that divided Europe between democratic and communist countries was called the ??? 4. What are ABMs? Describe. 5. What defense system did President Ronald Reagan propose in the 1980s? 6. A relaxation of tensions is called ???

32 Powerpoint Questions (13 points)
7. What did the USSR do that nearly triggered a nuclear war in 1962? 8. Who was the leader of the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis? 9. What tactic did the USA employ to respond to the crisis?

33 Powerpoint Questions (13 points)
10. According to the video in this Powerpoint (slide #18), what secret agreement did Kennedy and Krushchev make regarding American missiles? 11. Who became the next leader of the USSR? 12. What was the “Red Scare”?

34 The End

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