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Cold War (1970–1980) (Space Race Didn't End)

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During this time the Cold War started to change its focus from a mostly Arms Race to one that focused on space exploration. After the successful landing on the moon by the United States and the Soviet Union first launch of a super-heavy rocket booster. The Soviet Union had started to intensify their own space efforts years earlier with the collaboration of Sergei Pavlovich Korolev and Vladimir Chelomey but it was not until 1969 that there was a major budgetary change. The Nixon Administration out of fear of a all-out Soviet space effort would leave the United States behind, started to call on congress to increase America's space budget.

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World map of alliances in 1970

The Soviet Plan -Space for Socialism

The Soviet under the Brezhnev had just years earlier saw the Brezhnev Doctrine outlined as a foreign policy and it stated: When forces that are hostile to socialism try to turn the development of some socialist country towards capitalism it becomes not only a problem of the country concerned, but a common problem and concern of all socialist countries. The policy was used to justified the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and to put down the Hungarian uprisings in 1956. However, the decision to engage the United States in an attempt to become a space power required a re-evaluation of this policy. Brezhnev which continued to allow Korolev to speed up
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development of the Soviet space program, had become under internal scrutiny for what seemed as abandonment of the Revolution. The Soviet had up to this point show space as a military area and value. But Brezhnev gambled that by refocusing the Cold War from an expensive Arms Race that had little promise for the future of socialism but war with the United States; to the Space Race in which they were a leader in, would allow them to show-off their abilities and therefore spread socialism.

By reducing arms spending Brezhnev made many new enemies that had strong interests in the military. However, he made even more new allies who believed it was time to slow down the building of nuclear warheads now that the Soviet had roughly parody with the Americans. It was these individuals that knew the toll that the Arms Race was having on the economy and the environment, but until now could not or would not speak up out of fear of reprisal.

One of the loudest new voices was a young Mikhail Gorbachev was at this time First Party Secretary of the
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Stavropol Kraikom and was one of the youngest provincial party leaders in the Soviet Union. He was using the position to helped re-organise the collective farms, improve workers' living conditions, expand the size of their private gardening plots, and gave them a greater voice in local planning. He was also aware of the damage to the environment the arms race was having. This first hand knowledge and bravery gave Gorbachev an advantage over many others and got him noticed by Brezhnev. Who brought him to Moscow in the hope of using Gorbachev to continue to stress the need to change.

Brezhnev used Sergei Korolev, the chief engineer who developed the N-1 rocket that put the Soviets on the moon. In his new role he consolidated rocket and the space sciences under one planning chief and primary rocket design was taken out of the hands of the military ans into the hands of the Soviet Space Agency. The Soviets quickly put together an international plan that would start to train non-Russian cosmonauts and in later years citizens of countries that are sympathetic toward socialism.

The push by Brezhnev


America's Response- We can not fall in behind in space again

Leonid Brezhnev early 1969, "The Americans think of this Space Race as if it is a foot race ... one moon, one destination ... but we see a moon, the asteroid belt and eight other planets, therefore, it is not a foot race but a thumb|156px|link=File:Wernher_von_Braun_crop-1-.jpgDecathlon and we will win the race!!", It has been said that this statement more then anything else affected President Nixon in his concern with the Soviets in regards to the space race.





Arms Race

President Nixon initiates a policy of Detente with the Soviet Union. It quickly leads to the SALT I Treaty to reduce nuclear warheads.
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The USSR starts to scrap some of its ICBM's for parts in support of it various space operations. While in many ways this was seen as an admission to a growing weakness within the Soviet economy. The Soviets play it as an opportunity to strengthen their hand in world affairs as the less aggressive of the superpowers


Vietnam

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Elected in 1968, U.S. President Nixon began a policy of slow disengagement from the war. The goal was to gradually build up the South Vietnamese Army so that it could fight the war on its own. This policy became the cornerstone of the so-called "Nixon Doctrine." As applied to Vietnam, the doctrine was called "Vietnamization." The goal of Vietnamization was to enable the South Vietnamese army to increasingly hold its own against the NLF and the North Vietnam regular Army.

The U.S. pulled its troops out of Vietnam in 1973 and the Paris Peace Accords held until the North invaded the South.

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