New American Roles (detail from a Gulf War photograph)

New American Roles

With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the cold war in 1989, the United States stood alone as a military superpower. Americans struggled to define the roles they should play in the community of nations and fought to defend their interests against threats at home as well as abroad.

Facts / Statistics

Dates: 1989-present
Troops: Over 3,000,000
Deaths: Over 750 (as of December 31, 2003)