Began the threat of US nuclear superiority
End of U.S. monopoly on atomic threat.
Also known as thermo-nuclear bomb, a significant power increase above a typical nuclear bomb.
Idea announced by Eisenhower, fueled the idea of MAD
Named the R-7, was a significant range increase. Posed a major threat to the US because they could strike from farther than they could.
Major soviet advance in space-race, moral shift, showed society that the USSR was a very strong world power.
USAF spy aircraft shot down over USSR
An unnecessarily large bomb meant for intimidation
Heavily criticized as only being preemptive.
Soviet missiles placed in Cuba, and US missiles in Turkey. End results were the withdrawal of missiles from Cuba and Turkey and the creation of the nuclear hotline.
Did not include China, but the other major world powers agreed to stop testing nuclear bombs anywhere but underground, partially because of the risk of nuclear fallout, and partially to slow the arms race and move towards détente
Added great accuracy to missiles
Nations with nuclear capabilities agreed to not spread nuclear weapons and technology to nations without nuclear capabilities.
Proposed idea of a laser based anti-missile system, would be an end to MAD. Unrealistic technology, but in combination with the failing USSR economy, was enough to end the Cold War