The strategic defense initiative (sdi), also known as star wars, was a program first initiated on march 23, 1983 under president ronald reagan the intent of this program was to develop a sophisticated anti-ballistic missile system in order to prevent missile attacks from other countries, specifically the soviet union. President reagan’s new policy was truly visionary at that point, most of the country’s policy-making elite considered mutual assured destruction (mad, appropriately enough) an acceptable policy to deter the soviet union. The strategic defense initiative (sdi) was proposed by us president ronald reagan on march 23, 1983, to use ground-based and space-based systems to protect the united states from attack by strategic nuclear ballistic missilesthe initiative focused on strategic defense rather than the prior strategic offense doctrine of mutual assured destruction (mad.
Ronald reagan on the strategic defense initiative december 28, 1984 since the advent of nuclear weapons, every president has sought to minimize the risk of nuclear destruction by maintaining effective forces to deter aggression and by pursuing complementary arms control agreements. Written by: ran levi in 1983, president ronald reagan shocked the world when he announced that the united states was developing an ultra-modern defense system against intercontinental ballistic missiles hundreds of billions of dollars were invested in the system’s development – but then, in 1991, the soviet union collapsed, and with it – the star wars initiative. The strategic defense initiative and the end of the cold war - sdi, star wars, president reagan, fall of the soviet union, gorbachev, kal 007, mad nuclear policy, teller, abm treaty, reykjavik summit - kindle edition by us government, department of defense, naval postgraduate school.
Strategic defense initiative popularly known as star wars, president reagan's sdi proposed the construction of an elaborate computer-controlled, anti-missile defense system capable of destroying enemy missiles in outer spaced. When reagan became president he had only one well-defined foreign policy goal: containing the soviet union, or the evil empire as he once referred to it the most notorious of the programs reagan invested in was the strategic defense initiative (sdi), more commonly known as the star wars program in reference to the popular 1980s science. The speech announced the creation of a new missile defense called the strategic defense initiative (sdi), which quickly became known as star wars it envisaged a vast network of laser-armed satellites, air-based missiles, and ground-based interceptors missiles and electromagnetic railguns. On 23 march 1983, us president ronald reagan gave a speech to announce his strategic defense initiative, which was to be a defensive shield against ballistic missile attacks from the soviet union this was part of his vision to not only protect the united states from attack, but to also protect. If president reagan did indeed see the soviet union as diametrically opposed to the united states and if he had a strategic plan to bring them down, then everything he did must be measured by its.
The response was the strategic defense initiative, a plan that would put in place a system of satellites to shoot icbms out of the sky as a nuclear deterrent from above. One of reagan's controversial proposals was the strategic defense initiative (sdi), a system intended to make the us invulnerable to nuclear missile attacks by the soviet union by stationing those defenses in outer space, the us was able to circumvent the united nation's anti-ballistic (abm) treaty. The strategic defense initiative never really got off the ground–by the mid-1990s, following the collapse of the soviet union and with costs skyrocketing, it was quietly shelved advertisement.
The strategic defense initiative (sdi) was called star wars by liberal detractors, but soviet leader yuri andropov took sdi very seriously, calling it a strike weapon and a preparation for a u. And for that, we can thank the man who unveiled the strategic defense initiative (sdi) 35 years ago president reagan ’s address to the nation on march 23, 1983, was a real game-changer. Reagan reversed the policy of detente and stood firm against the soviet union, calling it the evil empire and telling mikhail gorbachev to “tear down this wall” in berlin he was relentless in pushing his strategic defense initiative and gave aid to rebels battling soviet-backed marxists from nicaragua to angola. Some of these seem to have a life of their own, such as the claim that us president ronald reagan single-handedly bankrupted the soviet union with his strategic defense initiative.
The reykjavík summit was a summit meeting between us president ronald reagan and general secretary of the communist party of the soviet union mikhail gorbachev, held in höfði in reykjavík, on 11–12 october 1986. From 1947 to 1952 reagan served as president of the union of movie actors, the screen actors guild the strategic defense initiative mikhail reagan, ronald us president ronald reagan (left) and soviet leader mikhail gorbachev shaking hands during a summit in reykjavík, iceland, october 1986. Strategic defense initiative (sdi), 1983 on march 23, 1983 in a televised address to the nation, us president ronald reagan announced his intention to embark upon groundbreaking research into a national defense system that could make nuclear weapons obsolete.