Accession Number : ADA338025


Title :   Student Papers on Strategic Defense Initiative.


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE ACADEMY COLORADO SPRINGS CO


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a338025.pdf


Report Date : 01 JAN 1985


Pagination or Media Count : 335


Abstract : The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) will be effective only if the Soviet Union cannot negate the defense system with countermeasures more cheaply than the U.S. can maintain the system's viability. Opponents of SDI feel that the Soviets will always be able to develop effective countermeasures (i.e. decoys, ASATs, fastburn boosters, and passive means). Proponents are confident American technology will be able to negate any Soviet attempts of thwarting SDI. This debate is complex and not easily solvable. This paper presents both sides of the debate. Discussion concentrates on the technical aspects associated with possible countermeasures deployable by the USSR and possible countercountermeasures used by the US.


Descriptors :   *DEFENSE SYSTEMS , *STRATEGIC DEFENSE INITIATIVE , USSR , VIABILITY , DECOYS , BOOSTER ROCKET ENGINES , COUNTERMEASURES , COUNTER COUNTERMEASURES.


Subject Categories : DEFENSE SYSTEMS


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE