DIRECTOREspar, David
TITLEWar and Peace in the Nuclear Age: Part XI, Missile Experimental
DISTRIBUTORAnnenberg/CPB Project
RUNNING TIME60 minutes

This film recounts the problem of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) modernization during the Cold War. It discusses how the United States sought to obtain Congressional support for ICBM development and deployment. New nuclear weapon developments in the Soviet Union pressured the United States to assert its technological prowess, and the result was the Midgetman, a smaller missile that was harder to detect. The complexity of the intercontinental ballistic missile issue meant that technology, nuclear strategy, arms control, and domestic politics all played a role in the creation of the MX and the Midgetman. The film is the eleventh 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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