War Begins When Opinions Differ

1122 Words Jan 28th, 2018 5 Pages
When war begins, blood usually sheds; this is not the case for the Cold War. From 1945 until 1991, the United States and the Soviet Union were in a rivalry; a constant state of hostility towards one another. Although the U.S. and the Soviet Union never directly engaged in military action, there was a lot going on behind both sides of the Iron Curtain. The Cold War was never a battle itself; however, it was made up of both minor and major battles within, to include the Korean War, Vietnam War and the War in Afghanistan. The Cold War presented a revolutionary arms race from which powerful defense organizations with permanent foundations raised sky high on both sides of the world. Instead of fighting on an actual battleground, the U.S. and the Soviet Union competed through political and economic ideologies and developments within their countries (Pierpaoli, 2010).
Throughout the ending of World War II, it was made obvious the Communist-controlled East and Capitalist West needed their intelligence organizations overhauled and prepared for an actual physical war. To have knowledge of what an opponent is capable of developing makes it easier to counteract and outperform them. To obtain intelligence is to have an advanced knowledge, which is why intelligence collection was revolutionized during the Cold War. Throughout the Cold War, the United States’ most successful intelligence came from satellites. Signal intelligence was probably the most…