My first job as an engineer was a summer internship at the Lawrence Livermore Lab, where they invented the Thermonuclear Weapon (hydrogen bomb). I created a circuit board that was used to log data while setting off a nuke underground. I had opportunity to visit the Nevada test site and see where my dad was irradiated 28 years earlier.
Ronald Regan was the first president that I voted for and he took a very strong stance against the Soviet Union. He escalated the Cold War by challenging the Russians to an arms race. The USA used its superior economic based to win the contest which left the Soviets almost bankrupt.