Accession Number:

ADA224950

Title:

Report to the Congress on the Strategic Defense Initiative 1990

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

STRATEGIC DEFENSE INITIATIVE ORGANIZATION WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

177.0

Abstract:

This report recounts the progress the SDI program has made over the last several years and describes our plans for the future. One of the biggest breakthroughs occurred recently--the introduction of the Brilliant Pebbles concept into the space-based portion of the defense architecture. Preliminary cost estimates and effectiveness analyses indicate that deployment of Brilliant Pebbles as the space-based layer of a Phase One Strategic Defense System could allow savings of 14 billion from previous estimates, reducing the cost of an initial system from 69 billion to approximately 55 billion. In 1989, we launched the Beam Experiment Aboard a Rocket BEAR, which demonstrated propagation of a particle beam in space. Also in 1989, we witnessed the first firing of the Alpha chemical laser. In 1990, we plan to achieve even more significant testing milestones. In January, we launched the first High Endo- Atmospheric Defense Interceptor HEDI test and demonstrated the ability to cool the interceptors forebody and sensor window. We are demonstrating defensive technologies that we believe offer the potential for moving toward a more stable relationship with the Soviet Union while reducing offensive forces. In sum, our efforts to demonstrate defensive technologies, to modernize our offensive forces and to work toward beneficial arms control agreements are fully integrated and mutually reinforcing.

Subject Categories:

  • Antimissile Defense Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE