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The 1983 War Scare

Some of the weapons tested at WSMR had a great impact not only for their military uses, but in a larger geopolitical context. One of these is the Pershing II missile and the role it played in the 1983 “War Scare.” Because of President Ronald Reagan’s heated anti-Soviet rhetoric, fears the Soviet Leadership and KGB had of an American first strike, and events of 1983, the US and USSR came closer to nuclear war than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

The Hermes Program

By Darren Court, Museum Director/Curator and the WSMR Public Affairs Office

The Trinity Test Site

Compiled and Written by Gerry Veara, White Sands Missile Range Historical Foundation

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