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Strategic Defense Initiative

Folly Or Future?, 1st Edition

By P. Edward Haley, Jack Merritt, Martin C Needler


193 pages

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pub: 2019-09-13
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This book covers the Reagan administration's original proposal; the main disagreements about strategic and technical feasibility; the effects of Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) on relations between the U.S. and the Soviet Union; and the effects of SDI on relations between the U.S. and its allies.

Table of Contents

Preface -- Introduction: Strategic Defense, Nuclear Deterrence, and Arms Control -- The Reagan Strategic Defense Initiative -- Address to the Nation on the Strategic Defense Initiative -- Ballistic Missile Defenses and U.S. National Security -- On the Road to a More Stable Peace -- Statement to Congress -- Strategic Feasibility -- BMD and Strategic Instability -- The President's Choice: Star Wars or Arms Control -- The Case for Strategic Defense: An Option for a World Disarmed -- A Case for Strategic Defense -- Technical Feasibility -- The SDI: A Technical Appraisal -- Is SDI Technically Feasible? -- The Strategic Defense Initiative: Defensive Technologies Study -- SDI: The Last, Best Hope -- SDI and U.S.-Soviet Relations -- Nuclear Disarmament by the Year 2000 -- The Strategic Defense Initiative and the Soviet Union -- Report to Congress After Geneva Summit -- The Nuclear and Space Arms Talks: Where We Are After the Summit -- SDI and U.S.-Allied Relations -- Strategic Defense and the Western Alliance -- Defence and Security in the Nuclear Age -- Statement to the Bundestag -- Press Conference

About the Authors

P. Edward Haley is director of the Keck Center for International Strategic Studies and chairman of the International Relations Committee, Claremont McKenna College. He has worked on the staffs of members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and was an international affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations. Jack Merritt is professor emeritus of physics, Claremont McKenna College. Prior to coming to Claremont, he served as an administrative officer at the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and the National Science Policy Organization of the Bureau of Budget.

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