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23/03/1983 US President Ronald Reagan introduces Strategic Defense Initiative


Reagan launches SDI


23 March 1983: President Reagan's Speech to the Nation on Defense and National Security (SDI Speech)


STAR WARS - Strategic Defense Initiative


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The Strategic Defense Initiative was a proposed missile defense system intended to protect the USA from attack by ballistic strategic nuclear weapons, as Ronald Reagan was a vocal critic of the doctrine of mutual assured destruction. The Initiative officially ended in 1993.
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    • Essentials 

    • History 

    • Project and proposals 

    • Ground-based programs 

    • Directed-energy weapon (DEW) programs 

    • Space-based programs 

    • Sensor programs 

    • Countermeasures 

    • Response from the Soviet Union 

    • Controversy and criticism