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date: 22 January 2021

Strategic Defense Initiative. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to United States History
Author(s):
Edward LinenthalEdward Linenthal, Paul S. BoyerPaul S. Boyer

On 23 March 1983, President Ronald Reagan called for a missile defense system that would make nuclear weapons “impotent and obsolete.” The president's Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) was fiercely attacked by those who believed it scientifically impossible, fiscally irresponsible, and strategically dangerous, since it threatened to upset the delicate balance of the nuclear age. It was supported by those who both believed in the limitless potential of American ... ...

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