The Gulf War served notice that the world remains a dangerous place in spite of the end of the Cold War and the decline of the Soviet Union. The enduring legacy of the Cold War seems to be worldwide arms proliferation as both superpowers armed Third World client states to the teeth. As a result, more nations are armed with more lethal weapons than ever before to include weapons of mass destruction and the ballistic missile technology to project them beyond their borders. Exacerbating this destructive potential is the convergence of emerging regional tensions previously suppressed by the Cold War superpowers with regional power vacuums created by the implosion of the Soviet Empire and the resulting United States military drawdown. The bottom line is that the Third World looms as a potential battleground.