Exponential Innovations : The Tensions Of The Cold War Essay

2349 Words Mar 24th, 2016 null Page
Exponential Innovations: The Tensions of The Cold War

The world was thrust into the Atomic era by Fat Boy and Little Man, the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WWII (Nelson 212). These bombs served as a demonstration to the world of the immense power created by splitting the atom. This fostered the exigence for the prevailing global superpowers, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the United States (US), to develop larger, more destructive nuclear weapons as each side braced its country for the possibility of global, thermonuclear war. By the mid-1950’s, both the US and the USSR developed nuclear weapons that dwarfed the size and destructive power of Fat Boy and Little Man (271). However, neither country had developed the requisite missile technology to launch such a bomb without the use of an aircraft. Aircrafts were impractical tools for this job for multiple reasons. Firstly and most obviously, aircrafts were susceptible to being shot down prior to dropping their payloads on their targets. In addition, aircrafts were vulnerable to the radiation and explosions caused by the bombs they dropped (186). This created a new top priority in this race to destruction between the two nations: The development of a missile capable of launching a nuclear payload across vast distances. These missiles would later become known as intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). To display this innovative missile technology to the world, and…

Related Documents