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Strategic Defense Initiative

Overview page. Subjects: History — Warfare and Defence.

SDI a proposal by President Ronald Reagan on March 23, 1983, to construct a strategic defense system against attack from intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM s), potentially from the...

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Strategic Analyses

Lawrence Badash.

in A Nuclear Winter's Tale

July 2009; p ublished online August 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology. 5755 words.

The nuclear winter did not generate excitement among the public, but spurred nuclear analysts and policy experts to contemplate on the issues. Carl Sagan and his fellow nuclear winter...

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Evaluation

Lawrence Badash.

in A Nuclear Winter's Tale

July 2009; p ublished online August 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology. 6776 words.

The nuclear winter phenomenon generated public interest much faster than most other scientific subjects and rapidly polarized those involved. Several congressional hearings were held, a...

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Looking at Moscow

Lawrence Badash.

in A Nuclear Winter's Tale

July 2009; p ublished online August 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology. 5460 words.

Whereas nuclear winter was widely reported in the news media in the United States after the phenomenon was announced publicly in October 1983, it received little attention in the Soviet...

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