Ronald Reagan - The Cold Warrior

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Ronald Reagan - The Cold Warrior

  1. 1. Ronald ReaganCold Warrior
  2. 2. Mutual Assured Destruction
  3. 3. Mutual Assured Destruction
  4. 4. “Tear down this Wall”Under the assumption thatthe Soviet Union couldnot outspend the U.S.government in a renewedarms race, Reagan usedwords and money toescalate the Cold War.
  5. 5. The Strategic Defense Initiative(SDI), commonly called “StarWars” after the popular sciencefiction movies, was a systemproposed by President RonaldReagan on March 23, 1983.
  6. 6. Strategic Defense InitiativeSDI would use ground-based and space-basedsystems to protect the United States from attackby strategic nuclear ballistic missiles.
  7. 7. The Death of DétenteThe initiative focused on strategic defense rather than the previousstrategic offense doctrine of mutual assured destruction.
  8. 8. Teaching the Public
  9. 9. The Death of Détente• Though it was never fullyimplemented, theresearch andtechnologies of SDIpaved the way for theAnti-ballistic missilesystems of today.• The technology requiredto implement SDI is stillbeing researched in theU.S., and it is currentlyin testing with stations inAlaska and islands in thePacific Ocean.
  10. 10. Reagan and GorbachevGlasnostPerestroika
  11. 11. Arms ReductionThe Soviets did notattempt to follow suitwith their own program,but instead followed aprogram of armsreduction treaties.
  12. 12. 0501001502002503003504001975 1978 1980 1983 1986 1989in billionsMilitary spending increased under Reagan
  13. 13. 0500,0001,000,0001,500,0002,000,0002,500,0003,000,0001970 1975 1980 1985 1988The national debt tripled under Reagan
  14. 14. Ronald ReaganCold Warrior

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