Cold war was a conflict between powers in the eastern block [USSR and its allies] and western block [US and its allies] which was characterized by threats

Cold war was a conflict between powers in the eastern block USSR and its allies and western block US and its allies which was characterized by threats, propaganda, and other measures short of open warfare. However, these threats changed US as a nation by adopting both foreign and domestic policies to safeguard the interest of American people. The US government increased spending in their defense programs. To contain influence of the USSR and its communism ideologies led to creation of a strong defense force and big stockpiles of nuclear weapons by US. Huge amounts of tax payer’s money were spent on defense and expansion of war industries. To create strong defense, huge sums of money were used in the age of science innovation that brought about programs that would expand man kind into the unknown of space. Cold War advocated for free market capitalism. The government began to require employees to pledge an oath saying that one is not a communist, or has affiliation with one or any similar organization. Breaking this oath meant investigation and possibly a trial. Never before had something like this happened in American society. It led to Arm race. Competition between the two blocks to achieve superiority in military weapon capabilities created fear among the civilians. This inflicted a lot of pain and sufferings among the civilian. Many were forced to start making air raid drills. Creating bomb shelters that they hoped would protect them incase of attack.