President John F. Kennedy watching missile launch

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Date
1963
Copyright Owner
© Bettman/Corbis
Keywords
Cold War; SLBM; ICBM
Object ID
500004522

Polaris, a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), complemented ground-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and strategic bombers as America’s nuclear deterrent during the Cold War. Before Polaris, U.S. submarines carried cruise missiles, which could not be launched while submerged.