DIRECTOREspar, David
TITLEWar and Peace in the Nuclear Age: Part VII, One Step Forward
DISTRIBUTORAnnenberg/CPB Project
RUNNING TIME60 minutes

This film concentrates on arms control initiatives, such as the SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks) I treaty and détente, to prevent further nuclear escalation between the United States and the Soviet Union. Because Secretary of State Henry Kissinger saw the need to limit further Soviet buildup of its nuclear stockpiles, he developed a foreign policy called détente. The film addresses the reasons détente failed, which were primarily the conflicts of interest between the two superpowers. SALT I was a second effort to limit Soviet nuclear capabilities, but it had its problems as well. Arguments supporting the treaty are provided, but the film comments that the size of nuclear stockpiles on both sides increased because SALT I only restricted specified missile technology, not the newer multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle ( MIRV) technology. The film is the seventh of a thirteen part series, including interviews and original footage, on World War II and the Cold War through the Reagan administration.

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