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In the decades following World War II, the defense industries
were among the most important industries in the United States.
Apart from the international prestige to be gained by winning the
space race, the ongoing threat presented by the Cold War between
the United States and the Soviet Union required that a large
proportion of the nation's energies and resources be devoted to
improving our defense capabilities. Defense contractors could be
assured of billions of dollars of new contracts each year; interest
in space travel and research was also high.
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