Beginnings of the Cold War Arms Race: The Truman Administration and the U.S. Arms Build-Up


The Truman administration's decision to embark on an arms build-up in 1950 was a critical event. For the first time other than a World War, the United States became a global military presence. Unlike the World Wars, in this instance the deployment lasted decades, altering the nature of the Cold War and the United States' global role. The author details the strategy and politics behind this decision.

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