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The Arms Race 1950s. Trinity 1945 – 20 kt. The Arms Race. The Struggle to gain weapons superiority. Stage 1: US Superiority. The Race is on!!. Operation Crossroads - Bikini Island 1949 - 23Kt. RDS-1 – 1949 – 1 st Soviet Test – 22kt. History of Nuclear Testing.

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the arms race 1950s

The Arms Race 1950s

Trinity 1945 – 20 kt

the race is on
The Race is on!!

Operation Crossroads - Bikini Island 1949 - 23Kt

history of nuclear testing
History of Nuclear Testing

1952 – “Ivy Mike” – First Thermonuclear Explosion – 10Mt

icbms
ICBMs
  • Inter-continental Ballistic Missile
  • 1957 – The USSR will successfully test their R-7 ballistic missile.
sputnik 1
Sputnik 1
  • 1957 – USSR becomes the first to put an artificial satellite in orbit. (R-7 used)
u 2 incident may 1960
U-2 Incident – May 1960
  • U-2 High Altitude Spy plan is shot down by a Soviet Surface-to-Air missile.
john foster dulles secretary of state
John Foster Dulles – Secretary of State
  • Prepared to risk war to protect national interests. - - Brinkmanship
  • “The ability to get to the verge without getting into war is the necessary art. If you cannot master it, you will inevitably get into war. If you try and run away from it, if you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost.”
    • Dulles describing Brinkmanship
military industrial complex
Military Industrial complex
  • Having a financial stake in war-making , could become a threat to peace.