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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 Oxford Companion to United States History

January 2001; p ublished online January 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: United States History. 532 words.

On 23 March 1983, President Ronald Reagan called for a missile defense system that would make nuclear weapons “impotent and obsolete.” The president's Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) was...