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The development and use of nuclear power has led to the United States assuming a position as the true World Military Superpower The Unites States was the leader in planning building testing and actually using the most powerful nuclear weapon known to man This country also led the world in relatively safe production of nuclear power The only other competitor to the United States the Soviet Union had poor leaders induced a poor economy and eventually led the country to lose the race for superpower During World War II the United States began the research and development of the atomic bomb Code-named the Manhattan Project it took place in a government built city in New Mexico called Los Alamos General Leslie Groves and physicist Robert Oppenheimer led the research to create this atomic bomb The mission was to build test and if necessary unleash an atomic bomb With the many people working on creating and building this bomb they completed it within the short amount of time given In July of 1945 they tested the nuclear bomb in New Mexico It was a success The very next month an atomic bomb nicknamed Little Boy was dropped on Hiroshima Only a few days later the atomic bomb Fat Man was dropped on Nagasaki It was around this time that the United States found out that nobody not even Germany or the Soviet Union was anywhere close to competing with the US in atomic weaponry The atomic bomb was dropped not only to end the war with the Japanese but to show the world especially the Soviet Union how powerful the United States was in its government its military its technology and its people The fact that it was a new bomb and being the first type of its kind ever created also caused an eagerness to use the bomb and see how it would work These three factors are the reasons behind the United States
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