Accession Number:

ADA242465

Title:

Origins of the Strategic Defense Initiative: Ballistic Missile Defense, 1944-1983

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

STRATEGIC DEFENSE INITIATIVE ORGANIZATION WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

408.0

Abstract:

Americas ballistic missile defense program may be said to have its roots in the V-2 attacks on London in 1944. This document traces the development of antiballistic missile defense policy from the V-2 attacks up to President Reagans 1983 speech announcing the new strategic defense initiative. The history follows the policy debates from the NIKE-X, SALT I and SALT II, the ABM Treaty, and SAFEGUARD through research and development innovations in the areas of computers, optical sensors, interceptors, and directed energy weapons. The emergence of political organizations and individuals who either opposed or championed ballistic missile defense is also included.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Antimissile Defense Systems
  • Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE