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  • 1. Ronald ReaganCold Warrior
  • 2. Mutual Assured Destruction
  • 3. Mutual Assured Destruction
  • 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. The Strategic Defense Initiative(SDI), commonly called “StarWars” after the popular sciencefiction movies, was a systemproposed by President RonaldReagan on March 23, 1983.
  • 6. Strategic Defense InitiativeSDI would use ground-based and space-basedsystems to protect the United States from attackby strategic nuclear ballistic missiles.
  • 7. The Death of DétenteThe initiative focused on strategic defense rather than the previousstrategic offense doctrine of mutual assured destruction.
  • 8. Teaching the Public
  • 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. Reagan and GorbachevGlasnostPerestroika
  • 11. Arms ReductionThe Soviets did notattempt to follow suitwith their own program,but instead followed aprogram of armsreduction treaties.
  • 12. 0501001502002503003504001975 1978 1980 1983 1986 1989in billionsMilitary spending increased under Reagan
  • 13. 0500,0001,000,0001,500,0002,000,0002,500,0003,000,0001970 1975 1980 1985 1988The national debt tripled under Reagan
  • 14. Ronald ReaganCold Warrior

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