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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 Defense Initiative

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics and International Relations

January 2018; p ublished online January 2018 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Politics; International Relations. 210 words.

Refers to United States President Ronald Reagan’s programme for protecting the United States from incoming nuclear missiles. Announced during a televised address on defence policy on ...


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Shaping the Future

Paul Wolfowitz.

in In Uncertain Times

April 2011; p ublished online August 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: International Relations. 8332 words.

This chapter examines the purposefulness that undergirded the evolving strategic thinking of U.S. Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, and of his colleagues and assistants. It considers the...

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The Makings of a Young Lion

Charles D. Freilich.

in Zion's Dilemmas

September 2012; p ublished online August 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: International Relations. 9734 words.

This chapter focuses on Israel's production of the Lavi (“Young Lion”) combat aircraft during the period 1980–1987. It first considers the strategic setting in which the specific national...

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Indicators of Soviet Intentions and the End of the Cold War, 1985–88

Keren Yarhi-Milo.

in Knowing the Adversary

July 2014; p ublished online October 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: International Relations. 5920 words.

This chapter examines the indicators used by the Reagan administration to assess the intentions of the Soviet Union between 1985 and 1988. Ronald Reagan assumed the presidency in 1981 after...

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