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    Strategic Defense Initiative

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    Research Project: Strategic Defense Initiative “What if free people could live secure in the knowledge that their security didn’t depend upon the threat of instant U.S. retaliation to deter an enemy attack?” Ronald Reagan; 1983 In his speech of March 23, 1983, President Reagan presented his vision of a future where a Nation’s security did not rest upon the threat of nuclear retaliation, but on the ability to protect and defend against such attacks. The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) research program

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    Strategic Defense Initiative Ronald Reagan mocked the Soviet Union and proposed an idea that forced the Soviets to become less aggressive during the Cold War. The idea Reagan proposed sounded like it came out of a movie, which gave the project the nickname, the Star Wars program. Tension between the United States and the Soviet Union grew after President Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an 'evil empire'. As the tension began to grow, the Soviets began to produce ballistic missiles to use against

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    Cold War Pros And Cons

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    On March 23, 1983, US President Ronald Reagan announced to the nation the formation of a new weapons defense system. The Cold War had brought the threat of nuclear annihilation closer to reality; it was marked by various proxy wars and a dangerous arms race, with both the US and Soviet Union racing to achieve the most advanced nuclear technology. Subsequently, talks were made between the two to reduce their nuclear weapon capabilities, but the threat of complete destruction continued to loom over

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    to limit very sharply the development and deployment of anti-ballistic missile defense systems, and also to restrict the number and location of such systems. The purpose of signing this treaty and following its terms, for both countries, was to constrain the nuclear weapons capability arms-race that had come to define the cold-war era. This treaty was the centerpiece, as well as the principal achievement, of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (otherwise known as SALT) that took place in Moscow between

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    Ronald Reagan

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    the Cold War. Ten years ago Ronald Reagan stood at the Brandenburg Gate and said, “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and East... ... middle of paper ... ...s of economic and political initiatives that became known as "the Reagan revolution." His accomplishments of winning the Cold War without firing a shot, recovering the American economy known as Reaganomics and his “Star Wars” predicament, his two terms during presidency did not go unseen

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    existence counties with large nuclear arsenals such as Russia, increase the chance of an accidental launch. In order to counter threats form rouge nations and accidental ballistic missile launches, the United States should pursue development of a missile defense system. COLD WAR AND THE ABM TREATY The first ICBM, The R-7, was developed by the Soviet Union in 1953 (Korolev). After this event, both the Soviet Union and the United States started to develop and deploy increasingly powerful and accurate ICBMs

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    The Need for a National Missile Defense Program in the United States Several hundred Soviet, nuclear tipped, ballistic missiles streak towards the United States without any form of opposition or challenge to their impeding destruction. The result of a situation like this would be no doubt disastrous, but it is a situation that could very well take place if the United States does not install a national ballistic missile defense program. An anti-ballistic missile (ABM) system is a precaution

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    After a decade of national defeatism and despair after the Vietnam War, the America people were ready for something new, something to believe in and along came this charming, charismatic cowboy ready to be their saviour. From being an actor, salesman, over to governor and finally becoming America’s 40th president, one wonders whether it was Reagan’s charisma, that won the hearts of the American’s or was it his brilliant politics? In order to determine whether Reagan’s presidency was truly transformative

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    Reagan and the Star Wars

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    to a program conceived during the Reagan administration known as Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). Proposed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan on March 23, 1983 the program was eventually nicknamed "Star Wars" by many in the media after the popular 1977 film by George Lucas. The idea was, simply put, a defensive shield surrounding America that would use ground and space-based systems to protect the United States from attack by strategic nuclear ballistic missiles. Soon after its debut many declared

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    The Future of Space

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    cooperation from countries around the world. Instead of vying for control of outer spac... ... middle of paper ... ...pace-report-idUSBREA2G1Q320140317 (accessed May 26, 2014). "Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense." The White House. http://www.defense.gov/news/defense_strategic_guidance.pdf (accessed May 26, 2014). The White House. "NATIONAL SPACE POLICY." National Science and Technology Council. http://www.fas.org/spp/military/docops/national/nstc-8.htm (accessed

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