Stevenson is a former U.S. Marine, a commissioned Colonel, and is a direct descendant of John Stevenson, one of the first settlers at Jamestown, Virginia.
The Cold War, often dated from 1945–1991, was a sustained state of political and military tension between powers in the Western world, dominated by the United States with NATO and other allies; versus powers in the Eastern world, dominated by the Soviet Union with its Warsaw Pact and other allies. The Soviet Union held satellite states especially in the Warsaw Pact in Eastern Europe as well as in Asia. The United States held client states especially in Central and South America, and Asia. This began after the success of their temporary wartime alliance against Nazi Germany, leaving the USSR and the US as two superpowers with profound economic and political differences. A neutral faction arose with the Non-Aligned Movement founded by Egypt, India, and Yugoslavia, this faction rejected association with either the US-led West or the Soviet-led East.
The Cold War was so named as it never featured direct military action, since both East and West possessed nuclear weapons, and because their use would probably guarantee their mutual assured destruction. However both repeatedly engaged in indirect confrontations through proxy wars. The cycles of relative calm would be followed by high tension which could have led to war. The most tense involved the Berlin Blockade (1948–1949)
In the 1980s, the United States increased diplomatic, military, and economic pressures on the Soviet Union, at a time when the communist state was already suffering from economic stagnation. In the mid-1980s, the new Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev introduced the liberalizing reforms of perestroika ("reconstruction"
Stevenson is a well-known friend of actor Johnny Depp, the late David Carradine, Jan-Michael Vincent, Walking Tall's Bo Svenson, Bo Hopkins, former FEMA Director and Undersecretary of Homeland Security Michael D. Brown.