The Role of System Architecture in the Strategic Defense Initiative.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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President Reagans Defense Initiative was unveiled over three years ago and has become one of this nationss most ambitious scientific undertakings. This vision of making nuclear weapons obsolete involves much more than just a scientific endeavor. It has become a subject of national debate and an issue of public policy and priorities. This report focuses on the preeminent role that the system architecture plays in continued research, development, and possible future deployment of a system. Individual components, weapons, and technologies are examined and the importance of the ability of these new technologies to integrate together into an effective technology portfolio is discussed. The technology portfolio must combine within the system architecture or framework. Key system architecture. This report concludes by amplifying the uncertainties that still exist in strategic defense research. Author
- Antimissile Defense Systems