The Sole Superpower: 1989-Present

Desert Storm, Somalia, Global War on Terrorism

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After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States emerged as the world’s sole superpower. Since the late 1980s, American troops have been involved in conflicts around the globe, intervening in regional disputes and toppling dictatorships, all in an effort to foster democracy.

As you enter the gallery, watch the events of the Gulf War unfold on a large screen in the center of the room, while cases around you contain items from Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, and Kosovo. Also, see demonstrations of night vision technology in the exhibit “We Own the Night.”

The U.S. Army’s mission changed on September 11, 2001. Here, the Global War on Terrorism is explained not only through static displays and artifacts, but in the voices of actual soldiers describing their experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq. Learn first-hand what a deployment is like through interactive video presentations and see artifacts taken directly from Saddam Hussein’s personal weapon collection.


One of the museum’s newer exhibits depicts a scene from Operation Tapeworm, which dealt a fatal blow to Saddam Hussein’s sons Uday and Qusay. You can also get a close-up look at the TOW – tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided – anti-tank missile.

The final display in the gallery recognizes the role of the U.S. Army National Guard, reserve component Soldiers whose are called to serve abroad in combat zones as well as stateside disaster relief and security missions. Georgia’s 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) has served with distinction in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, with other units from the state also providing assistance during Hurricane Katrina and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.


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