hadn't partaken in the Cold War arms buildup? I saw the movie Strategic Air Command the other night on netflix. Great movie, with some of the best footage I've ever seen on the Convair B-36 Peacemaker (in fact, the only footage I've seen in a movie.) Doing some reading on the B-36, I found out that they would cost, in today's dolllars, $40 million each. There was some 384 built. While I was trying to get my mind around how much all those planes cost, I couldn't help but wonder- was it all necessary? What would have happened if the U.S. had not partaken in the massive military buildup of the Cold War? Would the Soviets have attacked, or otherwise caused us problems?